The latest on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and how local municipalities can receive allocated ARPA funds. More Info

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Colleen C. Davis
State Treasurer


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)



On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) , the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package aimed to help the country’s economy return to pre-COVID strength. State Treasurer Colleen Davis will take the lead role in distributing the projected $85.6 million allocated to 55 local governments throughout Delaware.

 

Treasurer Davis, as the custodian of Delaware funds, will receive the allocation for such local governments and make disbursements in accordance with ARPA. Wilmington, Dover, and the three county governments will receive ARPA funds directly from the United States Treasury.

 

The current timeline in ARPA calls for the federal government to release 50% of Delaware’s share of local funds (or approximately $42.8 million) within 60 days of the signing of the legislation. Under ARPA, the remaining 50% will be released no sooner than one year after the first disbursements are made.

 

We are coordinating the process to make these payments to Delaware’s non-metropolitan cities and towns within the designated time frame. You however have an essential role in this process.

 

We need to receive budget and contact information from you as quickly as possible. Please click this link to complete the ARPA Distribution Form which requires you to upload a copy of the approved budget you were operating under on January 27, 2020. Please complete the entire form in order to process your disbursement as quickly as possible.

 

The Office of the State Treasurer will not provide guidance with regard to proper usage of ARPA funds. Local governments should consult their own counsel with questions regarding ARPA eligibility, calculations, use restrictions and reporting requirements. As a convenience, we will promptly post any U.S. Treasury or Delaware Department of Justice ARPA guidance for local governments.

Resources:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

White House ARPA Fact Sheet

Register for ARPA Updates from the White House

National League of Cities ARPA Primer March 18, 2021

Senate Democratic Caucus ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Fact Sheet

ARPA Distribution Form for DE Non-Metropolitan Cities and Towns

 



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