American Rescue Plan Act
Under the United States American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, Cumberland County is issued $57,300,874 in recovery funds to replace lost revenues and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is split into two tranches, with the first payment of $28,650,437 arriving in May 2021 and the second payment of an equal amount scheduled to arrive no sooner than May 2022.
ARPA funds must be obligated no later than December 31, 2024. Funds must be spent no later than December 31, 2026.
Learn About Applying for ARPA Funds
- Click here to view Cumberland County's 2021 Recovery Performance Plan Report.
- Click here to view a brief slide show describing the County's initial process.
Opportunities to Provide Comment
ARPA Advisory Committee
The following is Cumberland County's process for determining use of ARPA funds:
- Identify County needs - May/June 2021
- Cumberland County staff will perform an audit of losses to Cumberland County
- County staff will identify further response measures necessary to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Identify short term qualified regional needs and issues - Summer/Fall 2021
- Open public comment through County web site
- Meetings with municipal leadership, state legislators
- Meetings with industry experts and service providers
- Meetings with Maine State department leadership
- Public meeting(s) for comment to County Commissioners
- Release pre-application for competitive funds
- Assemble volunteer committee to review applications
- Invite qualified pre-application filers to complete full application
- Begin distribution of award funding - Winter 2021/2022
- Review panel scores applications, makes funding recommendation with support from County staff.
- First round of competitive funds released
- Identify medium-long term regional needs and issues - Ongoing
- Continue to seek input from stakeholders on further investment
- Continue to seek public comment through web portal
- Continue to update and seek input from County Commissioners in public meetings
- Complete future rounds of competitive funding