American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion dollar package to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Act, ARPA provides a total of $350 billion in Coronavirus
State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to states and eligible local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Of this amount, county governments nationwide received $65.1 billion.
DuPage County was awarded a total of $179,266,585, half of which ($89,633,292.50) was received on May 17, 2021. The remaining 50% of this amount may be applied for no earlier than one year after the receipt of the first payment. Under ARPA, funds must
be obligated by 12/31/2024 and spent by 12/31/2026.
ARPA dollars are intended to support an immediate pandemic response and to lay the groundwork for a strong and equitable economic recovery. Eligible uses of the funds include the following six categories:
Support Public Health Response
- Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss
- Address Negative Economic Impact
- Premium Pay for Essential Workers
- Water and Sewer Infrastructure
- Broadband Infrastructure
To date, the County Board has allocated funds to its small business recovery program, Reinvest DuPage, to address immediate COVID-19 response needs. To view the County’s August 31, 2021, report to the U.S. Treasury that covers ARPA expenditures
by category, please view the DuPage County Recovery Plan.
Please let us know your highest priorities for DuPage County's ARPA spending plan by completing a public input form.