American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Signed into law on March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provided funding for state and local governments to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln have obligated $21 million of this funding to assist non-profit agencies in responding to the public health emergency and its negative economic impacts.
The four focus areas identified include:
- Basic Needs
- Racial Equity
- Violence Prevention/Victim Safety
- Youth, Family, & Adult Mental Health Services
The grant letter of intent can be found below. Human Services will contact agencies to schedule pre-applicant workshops for those who submit a letter of intent online. In order to submit a full application, a representative from the agency applying must attend one of these workshops.
The application process will remain open until June 30, 2024 or until funding is depleted. Grant funding must be expended between March 2, 2021 and June 30, 2026.
If funded, the agency must agree to work with the University of Nebraska for data collection.
Please note: ARPA funding is one time funding. If you are requesting anything that requires ongoing costs (i.e. staffing, maintenance costs, etc) you must present a thorough sustainability plan.
For further questions, please refer to the Lancaster County Grant Guidelines. ARPA funding is federal funding, so please familiarize yourself with Chapter 5 of the Lancaster County Grant Guidelines prior to applying.