City of Newnan Calls for Proposals for Funding Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
NEWNAN, Ga, November 8, 2021 - The city of Newnan will begin accepting applications for funds received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on November 10, 2021, to leverage one-time, non-recurring federal funds to respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Applications for funding will be accepted on a rolling calendar basis until all available funds for the first tranche are allocated and expanded. The City will receive an additional amount around $7 million in the summer of 2022.
On March 11, 2021, the United States Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which provides fiscal relief funds to State and Local Governments, and other program areas aimed at mitigating the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA is intended to provide support to local governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain COVID-19 in their communities, residents, and businesses. ARPA includes State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to support urgent COVID response efforts to decrease the spread of the virus; to replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services; to support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and to address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to inequal impacts of the pandemic on certain populations. The United States Department of Treasury has adopted the interim final rule as guidance regarding the use of ARPA funds.
The first tranche of ARPA funds has provided nearly $7 million to the city of Newnan to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong economic recovery, as well as provide support for the problems exacerbated by the tornado. ARPA is an unprecedented opportunity for Newnan to leverage one-time, non-recurring federal funds to respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.