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American Rescue Plan Act Funds, City of Urbana

The City of Urbana is due to receive $12.97 million from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Federal Relief Funding (SLFRF). The purpose of this website is to

  • Keep residents informed on the allocation process for these funds
  • Allow residents to provide feedback on where ARPA funds should go
  • Provide a place where eligible local entities can easily apply for part of this funding, once the city’s priorities are set

Check out the Background and Process sections to get an understanding of what the federal ARPA program is, how the City of Urbana is planning to go about using their funding, and what has been done so far.

Graphic summary of in-person listening session.
Graphic summary of in-person listening session.

See the Public Involvement page for information on how you can provide feedback, as well as information on previous public presentations and events.

The Urbana ARPA public survey was closed Thursday, April 14th. Over 500 respondents provided feedback on how this money should be used! The results of this survey will be analyzed and published on the website in the coming months.

Background

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed in March of 2021 to provide relief to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One significant component of this law was the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, which allocated relief funds to state, local, and tribal governments. In the words of the Treasury Department - The SLFRF program provides governments across the country with the resources needed to:

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Process

Below, you will find the tentative schedule by which the Urbana ARPA planning process is operating - Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Background Research and Synthesis of Priorities Compile information on ARPA regulations, existing city priorities, and gaps in existing priorities Collect additional input from Urbana residents to refine ARPA priorities Set up website for ongoing ARPA documentation Work with City to finalize priorities eligible for ARPA funding Spring 2022 – Fall 2022 Develop Concept Plan

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Public Involvement

In order to determine priorities among the council members and general public, RPC staff developed the following five priority areas that ARPA spending programs may fit in to: Sustainable Infrastructure Public Health and Safety Economic Recovery and Development Adequate and Affordable Housing Human Rights and Social Services These are the categories used for the public survey and to guide verbal feedback, as discussed elsewhere on this page. Public Survey A public survey was available online and on paper in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese from March 14th - April 14th.

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