County ARPA funds are designed to boost the economy to support local jobs, assist with retraining for jobs where appropriate, help fund needed medical and mental health services related to COVID-19, provide infrastructure needed by our communities and to fund continued mitigation efforts related to the spread of COVID-19 so that we can all lead healthier, happier and more prosperous lives.
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The American Rescue Plan delivered $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and its effects.
All ARPA funds must be used for costs incurred by the recipient during the period that began on March 3, 2021 and ends on Dec. 31, 2024.Those funds must be expended by Dec. 31, 2026.
Any funds not used must be returned to Treasury.
Cleveland County will receive $55 million over the course of two years.Additional apportionments were made to municipalities including Oklahoma City, Norman and Moore.Like the county, municipal governments will receive funds in two portions, with 50 percent provided in May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later.
The state also received their own allotment from ARPA funds.
The ARPA funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild the economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds based on Treasury guidelines which include:
Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. For more information see: https://tinyurl.com/b2tbk47p
Cleveland County is meeting with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the county to identify areas of need based on the impact of COVID-19 in accordance with federal guidelines.
Additionally, the county’s public survey, available online, allows for feedback from all Cleveland County residents. We want to hear from you! We have contracted with 929 Strategies to assist us through the process of checking requests for eligibility in accordance with federal guidelines and in distributing funds on an equitable basis. This survey allows us to collect data and organize individual ideas submitted by our residents, business owners, nonprofits and other service providers.
Yes. Under the federal guidelines public reports will be posted online.
Generally, recipients must submit one initial interim report and quarterly or annual Project and Expenditure reports to Treasury. Cleveland County is committed to meeting or exceeding these transparency guideline requirements.
Anyone may submit their experience of the pandemic and their opinion on Cleveland County's recovery through the public survey available here.
You can apply for Cleveland County rent and utility assistance through our contracted administrator, Community Cares Partners.