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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that provides mandatory funding, program changes and tax policies aimed at mitigating the continuing effects of the pandemic. 

Covid-19 Economic Relief

Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Key Takeaways

  • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is designed to facilitate the United States' recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The plan—which passed the House on Feb. 27, 2021, and the Senate on March 6, 2021—was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021.
  • The package costs $1.9 trillion, making it one of the largest economic rescue plans in U.S. history.
  • It mixes efforts to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic with strategies to fight the virus itself.

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Summary

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. This includes: 

  • $195 billion for states, (a minimum of $500 million for each State)
  • $130 billion for local governments (a minimum of $1.25 billion per state is provided by the statute inclusive of the amounts allocated to local governments within the state)
  • $20 billion for tribal governments
  • $4.5 billion for territories

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

ARPA Resources 

There is currently no one, clear set of directives or document that spells out all that public procurement professionals need to know when conducting procurements using ARPA funds.  We have compiled these resources to help you navigate this evolving process. Please check back frequently, as we continue to add more information as it becomes available. If you know of an ARPA resource that is not listed, please share it with us.


The Department of Treasury is hosting three webinars to brief and answer questions about the Final Rule.

Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. EST

Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. EST

Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. EST 


GFOA Just-In-Time Training: Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Compliance and Reporting Guidance

Emily S Brock, Director, Federal Liaison
Michele M. Levine, Director, Technical Services

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in partnership with its Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) presented: Implementing the $350 Billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund on October 20, 2021.

PASSWORD: Better2021

Jed Herrmann, Senior Advisor, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Department of the Treasury
John Hicks, Budget Director, State of Kentucky
John M. Kamensky, Moderator, Emeritus Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government
Shamiah Kerney, Director, Office of Recovery Programs, City of Baltimore

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