American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by the Federal Government in March 2021 to provide support to state, local, and tribal governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19 on communities, residents, and businesses. Scott County has been allocated $28.9 million that must be either spent or obligated by Dec. 31, 2024. Obligated funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026. 

Eligible Uses

Eligible uses for the ARPA funds include:

  • Support public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic on households, small business, and non-profits
  • Providing premium pay to essential workers
  • Replace public sector revenue loss
  • Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

Our Approach

Scott County will utilize these ARPA funds through an open and transparent process that aligns funding requirements with the County Board’s Strategic Plan. In addition to utilizing these funds to respond to impacts created due to the pandemic, opportunities are being explored to develop projects that benefit the entire community including those in need, provide long-lasting outcomes, and minimize on-going funding commitments. Topics being explored include housing, utilities/infrastructure, mental health, family support services, and advancing planned park improvements.

Projects

Approximately $4.5 Million has been committed to respond to court backlogs, community corrections re-entry housing, tourism, and staff time in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Several projects are currently being evaluated to utilize ARPA funds that match eligibility requirements and align with the County Board’s Strategic Plan. More detailed information will be added as projects are approved. 

Community Engagement Strategies

Utilize existing resources/efforts:

  • Align with Board’s Strategic Plan
  • Address known needs/gaps
  • County resident survey and community indicator data
  • Engagement/outreach from recent studies and master plans (advance projects)
  • SCALE meetings/committees

Additional outreach for exploration of new ideas and service models:

  • Further outreach to enhance project scope and establish partnerships/commitments 
  • Stakeholder participation in service model studies
  • Housing summit and developer workshops
  • City Council/Town Board presentations/discussions
  • Input from user groups/customers during project development
  • Speak Up Scott County & web/social media communications

ARPA Funding Timeline

Completed Activities
6/29/21County Board Workshop discussion and high-level direction for utilizing ARPA funds
7/13/21County Board accepts ARPA funds
Summer/Fall 2021
Project solicitation and ranking
10/26/21County Board Workshop – review and feedback of top scoring projects 
2/01/22County Board Workshop project updates


Upcoming Activities
Spring 2022 (tent.)ARPA program/projects approval
On-goingCommunity engagement project activities
Spring/Summer 2022Begin project design/implementation
QuarterlyARPA program updates to County Board
December 2022Update ARPA program and project funding alongside Capital Improvement Plan