American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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What is ARPA?

  • Signed on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion measure designed to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.
  • The American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and replace lost revenue for governments.
  • Congress has allocated Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to tens of thousands of eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments, including $45.6 billion for cities.

How can ARPA funds be used?


 Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency 


 Respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This includes providing premium pay to workers performing essential work during COVID-19 public health emergency.


 To make necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.


For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19 public health emergency.

How much funding will the City of Fort Worth receive?

  • The US Treasury allocated $173,745,090 of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to the  City of Fort Worth
  • First tranche of $86,872,545 (half of the total allocation) was received May 19, 2021, and a second tranche of the same amount was received June 6, 2022.
  • On June 22, 2021, Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) 21-0445(PDF, 742KB)  established the framework of priority projects
  • Individual projects are approved by City Council through an M&C.

See the City of Fort Worth’s Recovery Plans Here

The Recovery Plans provide the public and Treasury with an overview of how the largest State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds recipients plan to use their funds to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and promote a strong and equitable recovery.


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