What is ARPA?
The American Rescue Plan Act, commonly known as ARP or ARPA, is a result of federal legislation designed to aid the country’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Funds, or CLFRF, are a product of ARPA and define the $1.28 billion given to Indiana’s communities. CLFRF are delivered to cities and counties directly and to nonentitlement units by way of the State in two tranches: the first was allocated in May, and the second will be delivered Spring 2022.
ARPA offers considerable freedom regarding spending abilities, outlining four broad categories of eligible expenditures:
- To respond to the public health emergency and its economic impacts;
- To replace lost government revenue, to the extent attributable to the pandemic;
- To respond to workers performing essential work; and
- To invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
It also provides special guidelines for Qualified Census Tracts and disproportionately harmed communities.
The ARPA Toolkit breaks down the CLFRF guidelines enacted by ARPA, specifically tailored toward Indiana’s rural communities. Provided in the toolkit are detailed acceptable uses of funds, suggested results-based action items, and worksheets to aid recipients through the reporting requirements. This page will be updated regularly to accommodate with the U.S. Treasury’s amendments.
Click here to download the toolkit.
- For questions or comments, fill out the form here and an OCRA team member will respond as soon as possible
- Click here to view FAQs from the U.S. Treasury
- For more information on communities’ allotments from ARPA, visit the U.S. Treasury’s site on State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds