On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. These funds will be used to improve quality of life for Laurel residents, to provide for immediate community recovery needs, and to create a long-term investment for Laurel’s future.
The U.S. Treasury has allocated $21.4 million to the City of Laurel. The City expects to receive up to 50% (approximately $10 million) of these funds in the coming weeks and the remaining balance approximately 12 months later. I am taking the necessary steps to get this much needed funding out into the community and to ensure that the City acts responsibly and equitably in expending these funds.
The Mayor and City Council intend to provide various options for public input opportunities to ensure all community voices are heard. As additional opportunities are scheduled, they will be promoted through City platforms and on this webpage.
The City of Laurel’s American Rescue Plan Act Grant provides financial support for specific projects and programs to for-profit and non-profit organizations that were impacted by COVID-19. Funds to support this program are provided locally through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The U.S. Treasury has defined the following funding objectives.
- Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;
- Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs;
- Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and
- Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic.
All ARPA funds have been allocated to various projects. We will not be accepting new applications for funding. To view available grants through the City of Laurel, please view Business and Property Development Programs.
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