American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The ARPA provides funding for many programs and services nationwide including assistance to state and local governments. The funds available to local governments through the ARPA are one-time aid directly allocated to states and localities on a formulaic basis. Based on the formula, the City of Baton Rouge's allocation is $79,966,896 and the Parish of East Baton Rouge's allocation is $85,476,302. The City-Parish allocation of $165.4 million will be distributed in two equal allotments of $82,721,599 on May 2021 and May 2022. These funds must be incurred by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026. The categories of eligible uses of the funds include revenue loss experienced as a result of the pandemic; assistance in covering the costs incurred due to responding to the public health emergency; support for recovery through assistance to households, small businesses and non-profits, and aid to impacted industries; premium pay to essential workers; and investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.