Learn How to Advocate for ARPA Funding

In March of 2021, the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to deliver aid to local governments across the country. ARPA follows the 2020 CARES Act, which ties support directly to areas of local government impacted by the pandemic. However, unlike the CARES Act, ARPA funds are not restricted solely to COVID-19 response.

Non-competitive direct formula grants are available to public safety agencies without a grant application; additional competitive grants are also available to support fire and emergency services. Learn how public safety agencies can approach their local governments to access direct funds to support the efforts of first responders in the aftermath of COVID-19.

ARPA Highlights:

  • $65.1 billion for counties with populations greater than 200,000
  • $45.6 billion for metropolitan cities with populations greater than 50,000
  • $19.5 billion for cities and counties with populations less than 50,000
  • $100 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants
  • $200 million for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)
  • $100 million for Emergency Management Performance Grant
  • $772.5 million for tribal assistance
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