ARPA [American Rescue Plan Act]

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law. ARPA is a $1.9 trillion package that included direct relief to states, counties, cities, and towns as well as public utilities, libraries, and transit agencies. ARPA established the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, adding several sections to Title VI of the Social Security Act. This program provided $65.1 billion to counties in the U.S., allocated based on population. Sarpy County received a total of $36.36m. 

ARPA Guidance and Usage

SLFRF funds can be used for eligible costs through December 31, 2026, as long as the obligation is incurred by December 31, 2024. Sarpy County formed an ARPA Task Force to 1) Establish Priorities; 2) Review Funding Requests; and 3) Recommend use of ARPA funds. 

The Sarpy County ARPA Task Force adopted the GFOA's Guiding Principles for use of ARPA funds, as shown below:

  • ARPA funds are non-recurring, so their use should be applied primarily to non-recurring expenditures.
  • Avoid creating new programs or add-ons to existing programs that require an ongoing financial commitment.
  • Investment in critical infrastructure is a particularly well-suited use of ARPA funds.

Additional information is provided below on the priorities and committed uses of ARPA funds. If you have questions, please e-mail the Sarpy County ARPA Task Force at

ARPA Updates