ARPA aims to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interim Final Rule outlines that ARPA resources can be used for assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, as well as to offer aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
The pandemic has had a severe impact on households and small businesses, particularly low-income workers and communities and people of color. While eligibility is flexible to respond to a recipient’s needs, the intent of this portion of ARPA is to remediate the impact of the pandemic on these households, businesses, non-profits, and workers in communities disproportionately affected.
Eligible instances of economic impact responses to the COVID-19 emergency include:
Recipients may employ ARPA funds to execute a broad array of loan, grant, in-kind assistance, and counseling programs to support small businesses.
To determine whether a program or service “responds” to the public health emergency, the recipient must do the following:
The County will be awarding funds for this category of projects as reimbursements only if the total cost is less than $250,000. Projects exceeding $250,000 will be awarded as advancements only. The application will require that the recipient provide supporting documentation for the expenditures incurred.