American Rescue Plan

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Cumberland County was awarded $49,214,152 in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and received $24,607,076 in May 2021. The county received the remaining $24,607,076 million in June 2022.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was passed by congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021 by the President. This legislation includes $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for eligible state, county, territorial, metropolitan city, and tribal governments across the United States.

The county allocated all $49,214,152 million to be used for revenue replacement. With this revenue loss replaced, the county created the Cumberland County Recovery Grant Program with the goal of improving mental and physical health, investing in infrastructure, and providing business, non-profit, municipality COVID-19 recovery. 


  • March 2021 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law
  • May 2021 - County received $24,607,076 from U.S. Treasury
  • August 2021 - Commissioners approve American Rescue Plan Interim Report
  • August 2021 - 2021 Recovery Plan submitted
  • September 2021 - Commissioners award $2.5 million in Higher Education ARP Recovery Grants
  • December 2021 - County sets goals for rescue plan funding
  • January 2022 - Public and stakeholder survey conducted
  • June 2022 - County received $24,607,076 from U.S. Treasury
  • June 2022 - County allocated $49,214,152 million for revenue replacement 
  • July 2022 - 2022 Recovery Plan submitted
  • July 2023 - 2023 Recovery Plan submitted

Eligible Uses

  1. Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;
  2. Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;
  3. Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;
  4. Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,
  5. Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

County Goals

For additional information about the county goals for this funding, please visit our Cumberland County Recovery Grant page. 

  1. Improve the physical and mental health of county residents directly & indirectly impacted by COVID-19. 
  2. Revitalize Cumberland County communities negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

  3. Restore and deliver government services impeded, delayed, or cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related Links

American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

U.S. Department of The Treasury Page

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