The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the United States Congress and signed into law on March 11, 2021. It is meant to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA provides a total of $350 billion in assistance for eligible state and local governments to respond to the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weber County’s Plan
Weber County has been allocated over $50 million in ARPA funding in two $25 million tranches.
Weber County recognizes that ARPA funds can be used for a wide-range of programs and services. The County’s intention is to spend its first tranche of ARPA funds on infrastructure and other brick and mortar projects that would not otherwise receive funding, and that will have a transformational and positive impact on our next generation of citizens. All funds awarded must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026.
The county is not intending to provide support for existing services or other ongoing programs at this time.
The County hopes to leverage ARPA funds by using state, county, and local monies on projects which will have high return on investment for residents. To that end, Weber County is encouraging cities and other local governments to partner with Weber County using a matching funds approach. Priority will be given to projects with matching funds. The County welcomes discussions with any local government to work together on possible projects that align with Weber County's ARPA fund allocation policy.
How to Apply for Funds
To facilitate this program, the County has created an application where entities can apply to receive ARPA dollars for qualifying projects.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2021
Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. Questions regarding the application may be submitted to ARPA@webercountyutah.gov.