State Agency ARPA Programs
In December 2022, representatives from several state agencies hosted an ARPA funding information session in Manchester to discuss the various programs that are available to municipalities, businesses, and other entities. The handouts linked below outline the specific programs offered by state agencies funded through ARPA and other federal funding sources.
Municipal Energy Resilience Program
Capital Projects Fund for Libraries
Grants for Agricultural Entities
Under the American Rescue Plan Act, Vermont will receive over $1.25 billion of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funding. $200 million has been directed to Vermont's cities, towns, and villages, with nearly $11 million coming to Bennington County. Municipalities have until the end of 2024 to obligate their funding, and the end of 2026 to spend the funds. There are four broad categories that municipalities may spend their ARPA funding on:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
ARPA Resources & Information