American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Funding Implications for Ohio Cities, Counties, and Villages

About ARPA

The American Rescue Plan Act provides $350 billion for Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Funds to mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio will receive $11.2 billion in total funding, with $5.6 billion allocated for state government, $274 million for capital projects, and $2.2 billion to large cities. Counties will also receive $2.3 billion based on U.S. Census population and $815 million will be allocated to smaller cities and villages.

ARPA funding is one-time, rather than recurring revenue. The funds will be released in two disbursements: the first half by mid-May 2021 (approximately 60 days after legislation was signed), and the second half one year later.

Unlike the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), there is a much longer timeframe to use funds. All funds must be spent by December 31, 2026.

Eligible Fund Uses

Legislation specifies ARPA funds can be used by local governments to:
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Support Public Health Response

Meet and address emergent public health needs.

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Respond to Negative Economic Impacts

Address economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the public health emergency.

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Premium Pay for Essential Workers

Provide premium pay to eligible workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency, either in public sector roles or though grants to third-party employers.

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Revenue Loss

Provide government services to the extent of reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19.

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Investments in Infrastructure

Meet the critical need for investments and improvements to existing infrastructure in water, sewer, and broadband.

Let Us Help You Develop a Spending Strategy

This is an opportunity to invest in economic development, infrastructure, housing, transportation, human capital, and other critical areas. This historic funding has the scope to help cities and counties forge a new trajectory for economic growth and stabilize local government operations.

At the Greentree Group, we believe we're in this together. At our core, we seek to build public trust and enhance value for our clients and their stakeholders.

We have extensive experience managing response and recovery efforts, including working side-by-side with federal, state, and local elected officials to enable communities to recover, rebuild and thrive. Here's how we can help you get started.


Identify Stakeholders and Create Visioning Session

The Greentree Group will work together with local government leadership and other stakeholders to identify main priorities and initiatives they want to take on by the spend deadline.

Make Sure Goals and Strategies Coincide with ARPA

Our team will analyze priorities identified and compare them to what is allowable in the ARPA, coordinating owners from the city and your PMO team.

Maximize Spend: Nonprofit, Private, and Federal

We will use our extensive knowledge of grants and find partners in the nonprofit, private, and federal sector to increase the impact of dollars spent.

Implementation, Accountability, and Risk Management

The Greentree Group will do more than just develop a strategy plan. We will work side-by-side with you to implement goals, while also ensuring you're set up for success for future audits and reporting.

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