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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Information/Grants
The City of Middletown has received its portion of the federal funding given to municipalities to help deliver direct relief to Americans, to contain Covid-19, and rescue the economy.
To help determine where these federal funds will be allocated, the City of Middletown's Common Council has created a ARPA committee to recommend where these federal dollars are spent to help Middletown recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
TASK FORCE AGENDA/MINUTES/VIDEOS
The committee consists of the following people:
These federal funds can be spent on a number of things associated with the pandemic. The chart below is an example of what and how the funding can be utilized by the municipality.
|A||Public Health and Economic Impacts|
|1||Responding to COVID-19|
|a||COVID-19 Mitigation and Prevention|
|d||Public Health and Safety|
|e||Expenses to Improve the Design and Execution of Health and Public Health Programs|
|2||Responding to Negative Economic Impacts|
|a||Assistance to Unemployed Workers|
|b||Assistance to Households|
|c||Expenses to Improve Efficacy of Economic Relief Programs|
|d||Small Business and Nonprofit|
|e||Rehiring State, Local, and Tribal Government Staff|
|f||Aid to Impacted Industries|
|g||Building Stronger Communities|
|h||Addressing Educational Disparities|
|i||Promoting Healthy Childhood Environments|
|D||Investments in Infrastructure|
|1||Water and Sewer Infrastructure|
Further information on qualifying expenditures for ARPA funds can be found at: U.S. Dept. of Treasury.
Funding Priorities of the ARPA Task Force
The ARPA Task Force have identified investments in Infrastructure, and Public Health and Economic Impacts are key priorities, followed by Revenue Loss.
Of the available funding, approximately 50% of it is slated towards infrastructure investment. 30% towards Public Health and Economic Impact, and 20% towards Revenue Loss.
Access and Information on Funding Opportunities
The City of Middletown will be offering informational workshops on the uses of ARPA funding as well as the statutory requirements associated with the allocation of these funds.
A presentation on the ARPA funds can be found here: CCM Presentation on March 2, 2022
To access these funds, entities must apply using the prescribed application. Once an application is received, the application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Eligibility will be determined by ARPA federal guidance. The application will then be forwarded by the ARPA committee for review and recommendation.
The review committee will evaluate each application using the following criteria:
- Number of People Impacted
- Urgency of the proposal
- Readiness to Proceed
- Project/Agency Feasibility
The final recommendation by the ARPA committee will be forwarded to the Common Council for a final determination. If approved, the entity granted funding will need to comply with all, federal/state/local guidelines, failure to do so can jeopardize the awarded grant.
Application to Apply
Applications for ARPA Grants are no longer being accepted.