American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

The latest estimates show an investment of approximately $4.6 billion will flow to Maine from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). This is an unprecedented opportunity to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people, to make investments in solving Maine’s long-term challenges, to develop strategies for new opportunities, and to strengthen our state for years to come.

Of this $4.6 billion, Congress has dedicated (or “earmarked”) approximately $3.6 billion to recovery efforts like bolstering public health including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, stimulus payments to Maine families, business supports, broadband infrastructure, payments to Maine’s municipalities and counties, et cetera. As part of this effort, the Mills Administration unveiled the Local Fiscal Recovery Program to distribute $119 million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds to Maine towns and cities

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan outlines the Mills Administration’s priorities for the approximately $1 billion in discretionary funding available to Maine through the American Rescue Plan – funding strategic investments to relieve the significant toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Maine’s people, communities, and economy, while addressing known, systemic challenges that have constrained our state’s ability to grow and thrive. This is a transformational opportunity to prepare for swift and decisive action on a plan to continue Maine’s economic recovery and achieve long-term growth for Maine people, businesses and communities.

ARPA Reporting to the U.S. Treasury

DAFS is responsible for the preparation and submission of reporting on certain Federal funding received through ARPA, including the Local Fiscal Recovery Program and the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, in accordance with US Treasury regulations and guidance. Reports will be posted here as submitted: