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 $24,214,152 in May 2021. The county is expected to receive the remaining $25 million in 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 continues working to comprehensively identify needs and develop a method to allocate funds. The county’s investment strategy is evidence/fact based to ensure projects have a positive long-term impact to assist residents, including the most vulnerable populations, to recover from the pandemic.


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

  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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