American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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 by President Biden 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. This funding package builds upon the CARES Act from March 2020 and its extension in December 2020. 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. Learn more.

US Treasury Fact Sheet (PDF)

Linn County Funds

  • $44 million of ARPA funding will come directly from the federal government to Linn County.
  • $28 million of ARPA funding will come directly from the federal government to the City of Cedar Rapids as an entitlement city with a population greater than 50,000 residents.
  • View the distribution amounts estimated for other cities in Iowa.

Timeline

Funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Linn County government received 50% of the funds in 2021 and the other half in 2022. This timeline is set by the federal government.

Current Guidance for Use of the Funds

State and local governments can use the funds to cover costs obligated by December 31, 2024, for certain purposes, including:

  • Responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including providing assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality;
  • Responding to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
  • Strengthening support for vital public services by replacing lost public sector revenue; and
  • Making necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

Linn County Distribution Plans

Linn County will receive $44 million in federal relief funds as part of ARPA. The Linn County Board of Supervisors quickly began the work on examining ways to share those Rescue funds and h

Round 1 Applications

Round 1 of the ARPA application process is complete. The deadline for the first round of ARPA applications was noon on January 7, 2022. 

View the projects that Linn County approved in Round 1.

Round 2 Applications

Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids are now accepting applications for federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through a joint competitive application process. 

The online application is available at www.CR-LinnARPA.org. Applications for this funding are due by noon on July 15, 2022

This cooperative effort between Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids simplifies the process for applicants because they only need to apply once using the joint application. Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations wishing to use this funding for eligible projects or services and submissions will be routed electronically to either the City or Linn County for review. This routing process will be seamless for the applicant. 

All applications submitted during Round 1, but not funded, will automatically be moved to the second round for consideration, unless the applicant was previously notified their request was ineligible for funding. Applicants may update and resubmit an application for Round 2 if information in their original application has changed.

Linn County and City staff will review proposals and collaborate on those projects within the City of Cedar Rapids. This will help ensure the most effective use of funds and allows for projects that address the broad scope of community needs.

Linn County anticipates a highly competitive process. As a point of reference, Linn County received 119 applications requesting a total of $77 million in Round 1 and had $11 million available.

Public Engagement Forums

Linn County held a series of public engagement forums to share information about the ARPA program and explain how residents can participate in identifying broad community priorities for funding. The format included a presentation by County staff, a Q&A session, and the opportunity for public input.


Public Forums
August 11, 2021
5-6:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library - Whipple Auditorium
450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids
August 23, 2021
5:30-7 p.m.
Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center
935 2nd St. SW
Cedar Rapids
August 26, 2021
6-7:30 p.m.
Lynn Dunn Memorial Building
Linn County Fairgrounds
201 Central City Rd., Central City
Watch the Facebook Live recording with ASL interpretation.Watch the Facebook Live recording with ASL interpretation.Watch the recording of this meeting.


Staff Presentations to the Board of Supervisors