The American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (ARPA)
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 Dec. 24, 2024.
Distributing ARPA Funds
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:
1. Funding for COVID-19 pandemic response
2. Funding for strategic investments in County departmental services
3. Funding for direct community support
Board of Supervisors action on ARPA funding
June 18, 2021
July 27, 2021
Sept. 14, 2021
Nov. 2, 2021
Dec. 14, 2021
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 of Sonoma 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
Federal Guidance About the Use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
- American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
- American Rescue Plan
- U.S. Department of the Treasury COVID-19 Economic Assistance for State, Local and Tribal Governments
- Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
- National Association of Counties Overview for America's Counties: U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule and Guidance for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
- County of Sonoma COVID-19 Resources
Past Community Engagement
Community Meet and Greet and ARPA Networking Meetings
Watch the recording of the ARPA Meet and Greet held on January 20th. The purpose was to bring together businesses, agencies, and community-based organizations to seed collaboration. During these meetings attended by over 200 participants (hosted in the morning and evening), we received multiple requests to host further networking opportunities. We then created six more ARPA Networking Meetings from Feb. 8th-Feb. 24th to further support relationship building and collaboration.
ARPA Town Halls
Watch recordings of the five American Rescue Plan Act community town hall meetings, below. You can also see the presented materials in English and Spanish here.
- September 23, 6 - 8pm (District 3 - Supervisor Coursey): Watch the recording
- October 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm (District 1 - Supervisor Gorin): Watch the recording
- October 7, 5:30-7:30pm (District 5-Supervisor Hopkins): Not available
- October 13, 6 - 8pm (District 2 - Supervisor Rabbitt): Watch the recording Part 1 & Part 2
- October 20, 5:30-7:30pm (District 4 - Supervisor Gore): Watch the recording
ARPA Priority Funding Survey
Thank you for your input on the ARPA priority funding areas outlined by the federal government. The information was used to inform the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to set ARPA funding priorities.
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.
Opportunity to Provide Feedback
Participants who attended ARPA Town Halls were asked to provide feedback on a set of questions in breakout groups. These same questions were posted here to reach an even broader audience. Input from these questions was also used to inform the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to set ARPA funding priorities.
Community Outreach Results
Through a combined process of seeking survey input, holding town halls, convening listening sessions with promotor groups, and feedback from the Equity Work Group, three local priorities for funding emerged:
- Disparities in public health outcomes
- Negative economic impacts on households and individuals
- Need to expand and fortify broadband access
The community also identified a need for rapid cash assistance to those most affected by COVID-19, especially people who were not eligible to receive the full amount of the federal stimulus payments