The American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (ARPA)
ARPA Town Halls
Join us to gather input on where and how Sonoma County might best invest ARPA dollars. Each virtual Town Hall will be hosted by the supervisor for that district and will include an overview of ARPA funding along with small group community conversations. Please make sure to register by clicking on the links below.
- September 23, 6 - 8pm (District 3 - Supervisor Coursey): Register Now
- October 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm (District 1 - Supervisor Gorin): Register Now
- October 7, 5:30-7:30pm (District 5-Supervisor Hopkins): Register Now
- October 13, 6 - 8pm (District 2 - Supervisor Rabbitt): Register Now
- October 20, 5:30-7:30pm (District 4 - Supervisor Gore): Register Now
ARPA Priority Funding Survey
We would appreciate your input on the ARPA priority funding areas outlined by the federal government. The information will be used to inform the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors as they set funding decisions for ARPA. Please feel free to share this poll with your family, friends, and associates in Sonoma County.
Opportunity to Provide Feedback
Participants that attended ARPA Town Halls were asked to provide feedback on the following questions in breakout groups. Your feedback on the same questions is important to us and will be used to guide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on where the greatest needs in our community exist. Take Survey
On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden's American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts.
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID—19 pandemic.
The distribution of the $362 billion is allocated as follows:
- States Fiscal Recovery Fund ($219.8 billion)
- Local Fiscal Recovery Fund ($130.2 billion)
- Coronavirus Capital Projects ($10 billion)
- Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund ($2 billion)
Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 24, 2024.
Sonoma County's Share of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
Sonoma County is receiving a direct allocation of $96 million. The first half of these funds were received in 2021, and the second half will be received in 2022.
The County may use the funds to:
- Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
- Serve low income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic
- Provide premium pay for essential workers
- Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic
- Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
Overview of County Distribution Process
During FY 2021-22 Budget Hearings, the Board of Supervisors approved a process for the distribution of ARPA funds. This plan calls for funding to be distributed in three primary areas:
- Funding for COVID-19 pandemic response
- Funding for strategic investments in County departmental services
- Funding for direct community support
At Budget Hearings, the Board of Supervisors allocated approximately $20 million to fund COVID-19 response costs that are not otherwise reimbursable through Federal funding and set a timeline for the other funding distributions, with the following dates set for Board action on ARPA funding:
- June 18, 2021: Board of Supervisors approves ARPA distribution process
- July 27, 2021: Board receives an update on the process for distributing funding directly to the community
- September 14, 2021: Board reviews preliminary departmental proposals for ARPA funding and selects proposals for further development (no funding allocation decisions) See the details of the Board of Supervisor's meeting item American Rescue Plan Act: County Departments-Agencies' Preliminary Proposals
- November 2, 2021: Board defines community funding areas based on needs analysis (no funding allocation decisions)
- December 14, 2021: Board allocates funding to specific departmental proposals and community funding areas
County of Sonoma ARPA Community Work Group
The ARPA Community Work Group will support the equitable distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds by elevating the experiences and needs of the low income communities and communities of color most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Federal Guidance About the Use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund