ARPA Updates & Resources

American Rescue Plan - Updates & Resources

This resource area is for informational purposes. It is not meant, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice in any particular situation. The information herein is not a substitute for consultation with legal counsel or other specific guidance on the subject. The documents, media reports and statutes are only current as of the dates of publication.

What is ARPA?

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are a once in a generation injection of capital into all levels of government to respond to the COVID–19 public health emergency and its economic impacts. Local leaders, with public input, will have discretion over how to spend these allocations. The State of Maine will not be allowed to add additional rules to the roughly $250 million distributed directly to municipalities.

10/1/21 - ARPA Reporting Deadlines Extended for All Recipients

NEUs: For non-entitlement units of government (NEUs), the Project and Expenditure report will now be due on April 30, 2022 and will cover the period between award date and March 31, 2022. This is a change from the previously communicated October 31, 2021 due date for the NEU Project and Expenditure Report.

Metro Cities: For metropolitan counties and cities, the report will now be due on January 31, 2022 and will cover the period between award date and December 31, 2021. This is a change from the previously communicated October 31, 2021 due date for the Project and Expenditure Report.

Funding Objectives and Eligible Uses

The American Rescue Plan Act has four funding objectives:

  1. Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control.
  2. Replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs.
  3. Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses.
  4. Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic.

To meet the above funding objectives, the US Treasury created eligible expenditure categories:

  • Public Health (EC 1)
  • Negative Economic Impacts (EC 2)
  • Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities (EC 3)
  • Premium Pay (EC 4)
  • Water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure (EC 5)
  • Revenue Replacement (EC 6)
  • Administrative and other (EC 7)

Click here for more details on eligible expenditure categories

Click here for NLC’s Local Action Tracker for a collection of all municipal responses to COVID-19 and proposed ARPA expenditures

Disbursement of Funds

The State has opened its online portal for non-entitlement units to request funding.

Click here to request your municipality’s ARPA funds.

Meet MMA’s ARPA Team

Catherine Conlow, Executive Director

Kate Dufour, Director, State and Federal Relations

Richard Flewelling, Staff Attorney, Legal Services

Neal Goldberg, Legislative Analyst, State and Federal Relations

Rebecca McMahon, Staff Attorney, Legal Services

Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services

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