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
How to Submit a Proposal:
Please submit initial/revised proposal(s) by April 18. Please email your proposal(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) — Guidance on Requesting Local ARPA Funds:
- Clearly and concisely articulate your proposal.
- Please keep your narrative under 250 words.
- Explain who will benefit from the request.
- 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.?
- 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.