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