What is ARPA funding and how much was Cleveland County given?

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. Cleveland County has been granted a total of $55 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), an economic stimulus federal program designed to speed up the country's recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.

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1. What is ARPA funding and how much was Cleveland County given?
2. What is the timeline for funding and when will the money be spent?
3. What can ARPA funds be used for?
4. What are Cleveland County’s goals for ARPA funds and how were they determined?
5. What makes Cleveland County unique from other Oklahoma counties?
6. How did officials collect input from the community / residents on how to use ARPA funding?
7. Did county officials work with nonprofits to decide what ARPA supports would be most impactful for Cleveland County?
8. How will Cleveland County monitor implementation and impact of ARPA funding?
9. Is rental / utility assistance still available?