Guidance for Municipal and County ARPA Funds

Congress directed nearly $200 million of that funding directly to Vermont’s cities, towns, and villages. City councils and Selectboards will have discretion over how to spend their allocations.

Guidance for Municipal and County Funds

The State of Vermont has issued allocations for all of Vermont’s “Non-Entitlement Unit” (NEU) communities, which includes all of the municipalities in Addison County. Half of the funding goes out this year, and the other half will be distributed in 2022. All cities, towns, and villages that opted to receive their American Rescue Plan Act Local Fiscal Recovery Funds by electronic means should now have their money; The state disbursed the first payment to local governments on August 9 so please check your bank account to make sure it has arrived. If you opted to receive a paper check, it should arrive within the next two weeks. In addition, the first half of county ARPA funding to be distributed to Vermont’s towns, is scheduled to arrive by Labor Day, 2021.

Things your municipality can do:

  • Put together and send out an ARPA Priorities survey (e.g. Ferrisburgh)
  • Form a municipal ARPA (sub)committee
  • Hold an ARPA-specific public meeting (e.g. Monkton)

ACRPC encourages you to prioritize community investments that will provide long-term economic and community development benefits. In general, we recommend that you be strategic in leveraging the funds for transformational projects, and reach out to your community for public input. Your town plan goals and priorities are a great place to start for ideas!  If you would like to partner with your neighboring communities to make your funding go further, ACRPC can facilitate regional level investments. The ARPA amounts for each municipality can be found HERE.

For more information or questions, please contact ACRPC Emergency Management Planner, Andrew L’Roe

Maple Broadband (Addison County Communications Union District)

If you are looking to spend a portion of your funding quickly, please consider an investment in Maple Broadband and high-speed internet for your community. Maple Broadband is currently composed of 20 member towns and is assembling financial support from both state AND municipal ARPA funding to begin network buildout.

National data indicates that Fiber-to-the-Premise networks drive economic development through job creation and  retention, increased housing values (up to 3.1%1) and documents a 4:1 rate of  return on fiber broadband investments; every $1 dollar invested in fiber broadband  returns $4 dollars to the local economy. Supporting Maple Broadband in some capacity is a great example of how neighboring towns can invest together to create regional infrastructure.

For more information on Vermont Community Broadband, please see This Presentation from the Vermont Community Broadband Board.


Municipalities are encouraged to consult the Resources and Information section of the VLCT ARPA website at for more information. This section includes a checklist provided by the Treasury Department that will help communities prepare to use the State of Vermont portal, the federal rules and regulations a community must agree to when requesting the funding, and more.

What Towns CAN Spend ARPA Money On

There are 4 areas that you can spend ARPA money on:

  1. Pandemic Response: To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
  2. Workforce/Personnel: To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
  3. Lost Revenue: For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
  4. Water, Sewer, Broadband Infrastructure: To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. In addition, Congress clarified two types of uses which do not fall within these four categories.

Additional US Treasury explanation of eligible categories can be found here: Compliance and Reporting Guidance – Appendix 1

What Towns CAN NOT Spend ARPA Money On

From Treasury Guidance, municipalities cannot spend ARPA money on:

  1. Federal Match;
  2. Pensions;
  3. Infrastructure Not Directly Addressed in ARPA; and
  4. Rainy Day Funds, Financial Reserves, and Outstanding Debt.

Guidance Documents from VT Department of Finance and Management

Local Fiscal Recovery Funds


For non-entitlement units of government (NEUs), the Project and Expenditure report will now be due on April 30, 2022 and will cover the period between award date and March 31, 2022.

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