American Rescue Plan Act
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. Under the Act, $350 billion was provided for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency through the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSFRF) and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF). The funds are designed to assist governments in responding to the pandemic, addressing its economic impact, and establishing a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
Expenditures must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026
Eligible Uses of Funds
Recipients may use the funds in the following four categories:
- To respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing premium pay to eligible workers of the recipient, or by providing grants to eligible employers who have eligible workers who performed essential work;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of a reduction in revenue by the recipient due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Ineligible Uses of Funds
Recipients may not spend CLFRF in the following categories:
- To directly or indirectly offset a reduction in net tax revenue due to a change in law from March 3, 2021, through the last day of the fiscal year in which the funds provided have been spent;
- To make a deposit to a pension fund;
- To fund debt service costs, legal settlements, or judgements; and
- To make deposits into a rainy day fund or financial reserves.
Funding to Prince George’s County
Under ARPA, Prince George’s County will receive $176,626,110 from the CLFRF over two tranches. The County received its 1st distribution on June 1, 2021 ($88,313,055) and will receive the 2nd distribution twelve months after the receipt of the 1st payment.
The County Council approved a supplemental appropriation of the entire CLFRF allocation ($176,626,110) through Council Resolution 67-2021 on July 6, 2021. The spending plan for FY 2021 and FY 2022 was approved by the County Council, and the plans for FY 2023 and FY 2024 are subject to further review prior to the end of FY 2022.
Over the coming months and through the ARPA grant period, the County will continue to engage internal and external stakeholders to assess our community’s needs as the County continues to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We encourage you to review the program information contained in the reference links section prior to providing comments and recommendations. We look forward to your ideas and recommendations.
To provide immediate feedback and recommendations on the spending of CLFRF, please submit your comments to ARPAFeedback@co.pg.md.us.