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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

In 2021 Benton County received $18.1 million from the United States Government’s American Rescue Plan Act, also known as ARPA. This money allowed us to fund various community projects including water and sewage improvements for the City of Alsea, providing Grant Awards to our community at-large, completing Benton Area Transit bridge maintenance, building a warming shelter, and constructing the Emergency Operations Center, just to name a few.

Benton County’s Core Values | 2040 Thriving Community Initiative

Federal Information

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed into law on March 11, 2021 is a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package designed to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for State, territorial, local, and Tribal governmental support in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and their efforts to contain impacts on their communities, residents, and businesses.

As the local Public Health Authority, Benton County plays a leading role in the regional COVID-19 response. In addition to the work of coordinating the response, COVID-19 and the associated economic impacts have increased the demand for County safety net services, while also disrupting County operations. ARPA has provided resources necessary to support this work, as well as support those within the community with additional aid programs.

Federal Guidelines

Respond to the Coronavirus Health impacts or economic impacts including assistance to households, small businesses, non-profits, and impacted industries including hospitality, travel, and tourism.

Provide premium pay for essential workers up to $13 an hour with an annual cap of $25,000.

Cover for lost revenue in providing services.

Make investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

Please note: the ARPA dollars can be used for any of these, and projects do not have to meet all four guidelines.

Summary of Community Awarded Grants and County Improvement Projects

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