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.
As a Tier 1 recipient, Cumberland County is required to complete the Recovery Plan for the year that ended on June 30, 2022. To view Cumberland County's 2022 Recovery Plan, please click on the link highlighted here: Cumberland County 2022 Recovery Plan Performance Report.
Cumberland County has launched a second public participatory process to receive input on the allocation of remaining American Rescue Plan funds. This will include a sequence of participatory activities to engage stakeholders within the County on American Rescue Plan funding. Survey #2 has been released (see link below). Additional steps in the participatory process include Cumberland County’s public comment portal via our website, Data Collection from CDBG, HOME ARPA & Public Health Outreach events, and continued meetings with issue specialists and the State of Maine.
The public process to allocate the second round of funds is now underway. Please see our public survey below.
SECOND TRANCHE FUNDING TIMELINE (Subject to Change)
- August – September 2022: Public participatory process to take place.
- September- October 2022: Regional needs report presented to County Commissioners. Discussions will be held regarding the path Commissioners would like to take regarding regional plans and immediate/emergency needs. At this time Commissioners will instruct County staff on how to move forward with short and medium-term regional plans.
- November -December 2022: Goals for Tranche 2 will be drafted and outlined on Cumberland County’s Website.
- TBD: Launch Action Plan for Tranche 2