Mills Administration Encourages Maine Towns and Cities to Apply for $119 Million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funds

The Mills Administration is encouraging local governments across Maine to apply for $119.2 million in Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which passed the U.S. Senate by one vote. The ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Program is a State pathway to infuse Federal funds into Maine towns and cities to support a variety of their economic recovery priorities, such as investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure or addressing the public health impacts of COVID-19, including replacing lost public sector revenue, providing financial resources to affected small businesses, or providing premium pay to public health and safety employees performing essential work during the pandemic, like 911 operators or EMS staff.

Since the program opened in Maine on August 25, payments have been issued to 245 municipalities, representing $42.8 million in Federal monies flowing to towns and cities out of the $59.6 million available for immediate distribution. The application process has been completed by an additional 48 municipalities, and those payments are scheduled to be issued early next week, while an additional 152 Maine municipalities are engaged in the process of requesting this Federal funding.

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