In light of new legislation being enacted such as the bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) along with more seasoned programs like the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Idaho counties have several opportunities to obtain federal funding. Read on for more details on these potential funding sources and additional resources for counties.
American Rescue Plan Act
While most counties in Idaho have now applied for and received the first direct allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, did you know there are other ARPA funds that your county may be eligible for? NACo has provided an entire breakdown of all the funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Any program that a county may be eligible for is marked as “County Eligible” on this interactive tool.
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law by President Joe Biden last week. One of the major highlights of IIJA is it secures SRS for the next three years at 2017 levels. Some other highlights include an increase in overall funding for highways and bridges including the state rural/urban program.
We will also see more money for bridges, particularly those bridges listed to be in “poor” condition as well as increased funding for off-system bridges, i.e., local bridges. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is currently analyzing the bill but believes that there may not be a local match requirement for the off-system bridges.
Freight funding in Idaho will also see an increase. Critical Freight Corridor miles will increase from 120 miles to 600 miles making more roadways eligible for the funds. In addition, nation-wide competitive grants will be available for the Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges as well as possible grants for megaprojects that deliver substantial economic benefits to communities. Idaho can also expect $15 million in formula funding for highway safety traffic programs. There will also be approximately $86 million for infrastructure development of Idaho airports over five years. Click here for more information about how IIJA will directly affect Idaho transportation.
For a more in-depth look at how the IIJA will affect counties including information about new emergency mitigation grants, cybersecurity grant programs, broadband grants and more, see NACo’s in-depth legislative analysis.