American Rescue Plan Act
American Rescue Plan Act
The County of Riverside was provided funding from the federal government's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to accelerate recovery from the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information is available below on the funding amounts received by the County of Riverside, the planned uses for the funds, as well as available reports.
The County of Riverside is required to submit annual performance reports to the U.S. Treasury regarding the planned uses for the funds.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the American Rescue Plan Act?
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, also referred to as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. congress on March 11, 2021. The funds are to accelerate the country's recovery from the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARPA includes $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial and tribal governments. These funds known as the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help address impacts of the pandemic and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
- How much funding did the County of Riverside receive from ARPA?
The County of Riverside received a first allocation of $239,937,299.50
- How will the funds be spent to benefit the residents of Riverside County?
The County of Riverside preliminary spending plan includes the following categories:
- Infrastructure, including water, sewer and broadband
- Housing and Homelessness
- Economic Recovery
- County department response
- Revenue backfill
- Nonprofit assistance
The county is currently developing the scope of the programs to be funded under each category.
- How was the total allocation to Riverside County determined?
ARPA funds provide local governments with significant resources to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts through four categories of eligible uses:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers
- For the provisions of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
- Where is Riverside County's ARPA funding going?
The county is currently developing the scope of the programs to be funded under each eligible funding category ranging from housing to childcare to nonprofit assistance.
As of October 2021, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved ARPA funding for the following initiatives:
- What is the timeline for disbursement of funds?
Funds may be used to cover costs from March 3, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2024. The performance period runs through Dec. 31, 2026, providing time to complete projects funded by the ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- What reporting is required?
Quarterly reports and an annual Recovery Plan Performance Report will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury. The Recovery Plan Performance Report is also posted above under the "Reports" section.