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Help Is Here Roundup: State and Local Communities Continue to Benefit from the American Rescue Plan

Help Is Here Roundup: State and Local Communities Continue to Benefit from the American Rescue Plan

States, cities, and communities from across the country are continuing to reap benefits from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) more than six months after its passage.

This week, lawmakers praised the distribution of $87.8 million in grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities funded by the ARP for emergency relief to help cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, and historical sites across America recover from pandemic-related losses.

Meanwhile, states across the country continue to use ARP funding to Build Back Better. This week, the state of California distributed $480 million in stimulus checks to nearly two-thirds of Californians thanks to ARP funding. Last week, Maine announced $73 million in ARP funds would go towards child care providers to help them boost pay for staff and cover costs related to the pandemic.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to benefit communities across America:


AR: ‘We’re really thrilled,’ Benton County volunteer fire departments getting American Rescue Plan Funds. [KNWA, 10/01/2021]

CA: California stimulus checks: State to begin distributing $480M in pandemic recovery funds this week. [ABC 30, 10/05/2021]

CA: Santa Clara County supervisors allocate $76 million to provide hero pay for county employees. [Fox 2, 10/05/2021]

CO: Colorado has received over $1.6 billion in FEMA funding for COVID. [Fox 31, 10/04/2021]

CO: $100,000 in federal funds awarded to help Pueblo School District 70 homeless students. [KRDO, 10/06/2021]

DE: Del. To Invest $50-Million Into Job Training, Workforce Development. [WGMD, 10/06/2021]

GA: Ga. governor announces $1K bonuses for cops, first responders for effort during COVID. [Police1, 09/29/2021]

IA: Six New Trail Renovations Are Coming To Iowa; Here’s Why. [Iowa Starting Line, 09/27/2021]

IL: Gov. Pritzker announces first $24 million in Back to Business Grants to support small businesses. [Tri State Homepage, 09/30/2021]

KS: Kansas City Public Library awarded over $850,000 in federal emergency connectivity funding. [KSHB, 09/27/2021]

ME: Maine child care providers to receive $73M in federal funding. [MaineBiz, 09/28/2021]

MN: Gov. Walz Allocates Another $15M In Federal Funding To Help Shelters Prevent COVID Outbreaks. [CBS 4, 09/29/2021]

MO: Missouri eligible for $968 million in federal funds following Medicaid expansion; 17K enrolled. [Springfield News Leader, 10/05/2021]

MS: Mississippi city to spend $5.5M in federal pandemic funds on parks. [Magnolia State Live, 10/02/2021]

NC: Health centers in Eastern Carolina to get almost $6 million in rescue plan funding. [WITN, 09/28/2021]

NY: Poughkeepsie to upgrade city parks with federal rescue plan funds. [Mid Hudson, 09/28/2021]

OH: UPDATE | Ohio North East Health Systems of Youngstown awarded $747K grant. [Mahoning Matters, 09/29/2021]

PA: Pa. sets aside $655 million in federal pandemic relief money for child care programs. [WITF, 09/28/2021]

VA: How Petersburg plans to spend nearly $9 million to enhance the city. [WRIC, 09/30/2021]

WI: Wisconsin plans to spend $80M in federal funds to update antiquated unemployment system. [ABC 7, 10/01/2021]


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