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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)


American Rescue Plan Act

The American Recue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, which included $65.1 billion in direct aid to all counties in the United States.  Clallam County was allocated ARPA funds totaling approximately $15.02 million to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic response and economic recovery, of which $7.5 million was received by the County in May 2021, with the remainder to be received in May 2022.

ARPA funds allocated to counties may be spent within four eligible categories:

  • To respond to the COVID-19 Public Health emergency and its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality;
  • To provide premium pay to eligible essential workers;
  • To support the provision of government services to the extent of revenue losses incurred, if any, incurred by the County; and
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

For more information on how ARPA funds can be used, please refer to the US Treasury Department's Interim Final Rule, Treasury's List of FAQs on the Interim Final rule, and the National Association of Counties - State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds for further information.

ARPA Funds Committed to Date

In a work session held on July 6, 2021, based on indications of emergency need received from various workgroups, the Clallam County Board of Commissioners indicated support to allocate ARPA funds for the following purposes (contingent on staff confirming such requests for funding are ARPA-eligible uses of funds):

  • Local Business and Non Profit Support (through Clallam EDC)--$2,500,000
  • Childcare Support for Local Childcare Providers (through Clallam EDC)--$500,000
  • Affordable Housing/Homelessness Support--$360,000
  • Residential and Commercial Utility Relief through Clallam County PUD--$350,000
  • Local water systems infrastructure--$150,000
  • Food Security Support to Local Food Banks--$700,000

Total ARPA Funds Allocated to Date -- $4,560,000

In addition to the areas identified above, other areas that the Board of Commissioners has expressed interest in supporting with ARPA funds include Behavioral Health and Broadband.  Approximately $10.46 million of ARPA funds remains to be allocated pending further evaluation of other community and County needs by our County Commissioners.

How to Apply for ARPA Funding

If you are a small business, nonprofit organization, or childcare organization who sustained a negative financial impact during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please visit Clallam EDC's ChooseClallamFirst.com for a list of available grants for which you may apply for assistance, including the soon-to-launch Lifeboat 3 Program to be funded using ARPA funds allotted by the County as described above.

Otherwise, if your organization has a specific ARPA-eligible funding need that aligns with the areas of funding support outlined above and wish to be considered for County ARPA funds, please complete a Funding Request application.  **PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS THAT DIRECTLY CORRELATE WITH THE AREAS OF SUPPORT OUTLINED ABOVE AND THAT REPRESENT ELIGIBLE USAGES OF ARPA FUNDS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR FUNDING BY OUR COMMISSIONERS.**  Please direct any questions to Chelsea Lierly, BOCC Analyst in the Clallam County Commissioners, at

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Request Application