About The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included $350 billion in pandemic-related aid for state and local governments. Vermont is receiving more than $1.25 billion of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funding from ARPA. While the legislature and the governor will determine how more than $1 billion of that funding will be spent, Congress directed nearly $200 million of that funding directly to Vermont’s cities, towns, and villages.

Peacham is directly receiving $214,000.

Key objectives of ARPA funding:

  • Fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with its public health and economic impacts
  • Maintain vital public services, even amid declines in revenue resulting from the crisis
  • Build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity

We want to hear from YOU!

The Town is seeking your input on how this money should be spent to benefit Peacham residents. See VLCT guidelines below for submitting your own ARPA project proposal to the Peacham Selectboard. Please email your proposal(s) to selectboardclerk@peacham.org or drop them off at the Town Clerk’s Office. Stay up to date by checking the website: www.peacham.org/arpa

Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) — Guidance on Requesting Local ARPA Funds 

February 2022


  • Clearly and concisely articulate your proposal. 
  • Please keep your narrative under 250 words.
  • Explain who will benefit from the request.

How much?

  • What is the total dollar amount of your ask?
  • Provide a cost justification or project budget.
  • Will you seek funds from other towns, nonprofits, matching grants, etc.?

What else?

  • The “legislative body” will make decisions on ARPA usage – for Peacham that’s the Selectboard.
  • Residents can be powerful lobbyists.
  • Be patient and gracious – this is new to most town officials.
  • Your request will be a public record.