City of Poughkeepsie


American Rescue Plan Act Portal

ARPA Resources

On This Page: Learn About The City’s Allocation, Basic ARPA Parameters & Read Literature Provided By The U.S. Treasury.

Understand the City’s Allocation

ARPA funds are formula driven “grants” and every eligible, municipal jurisdiction is entitled to receive its calculated, proportionate share. Although there is not a formal “application” process, there is a certification process which has already been completed by the City of Poughkeepsie.

City ARPA Allocation

Under the ARPA, the City of Poughkeepsie is a Metropolitan City.  The City’s allocation of funding was determined by formula. In accordance with the prescribed formula, the City’s allocation of ARPA funding is $20.8 million.

Funding Timeline

The US Treasury will disseminate funds in two (2) equal tranches. The City of Poughkeepsie has received its first tranche of funding.  The second tranche is expected to be disseminated in the early summer of 2022.

Spending Requirements

ARPA funds must be “obligated” by State and Local Governments no later than December 31, 2024, and fully expended by December 31, 2026.

Eligible Uses

Funding is subject to the requirements specified in the Final Rule which was released by the US Treasury on January 6, 2022.  As detailed in the US Treasuries Final Rule, subject to change and amendment by the US Treasury, recipients may use funds to:

Provision of Government Services

Ensure continuity of vital government services by filling budget shortfalls

ARPA allows recipients to use funds to replace lost revenue in order to avoid cuts to governmental services, or to return services to their pre-pandemic level. The Final Rule prescribes a formula and requires that the revenue loss be calculated at the entity-wide level, and specifies which revenues are allowable and which are excluded. As an alternative to the formula, the Final Rule also permits recipients to use a standard allowance. Recipients must select either the standard allowance or calculate the loss.


Address Negative Economic Impacts

Deliver assistance to impacted workers, families and businesses

ARPA aims to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Final Rule outlines that ARPA resources can be used for assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, as well as to offer aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.

ARPA also recognizes the need for improved broadband infrastructure and faster speeds, especially to underserved households and businesses.


Support Public Health Response

Responses to COVID-19 issues, mental health and substance misuse struggles, crisis intervention, etc.

The FARPA aid may be utilized by municipalities to mitigate the public health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and to bring the pandemic under control.


Essential Workers Premium Pay

Provide premium pay to essential workers both directly and through grants to third-party employers

“Fiscal Recovery Funds payments may be used by recipients to provide premium pay to eligible workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency or to provide grants to third-party employers with eligible workers performing essential work. These are workers who have been and continue to be relied on to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors, including those who are critical to protecting the health and wellbeing of their communities.”


Water & Sewer

Infrastructure improvements by building or upgrading existing facilities

The Final Rule issued by the Treasury aligned eligible Water and Sewer Infrastructure projects with the eligibility requirements of the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). CWSRF includes projects that “construct, improve, or repair wastewater treatment plants, control non-point sources of pollution, improve resiliency of infrastructure to severe weather events, create green infrastructure, and protect waterbodies from pollution.”

US Treasury Resources

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was passed by the federal government to support the economic and public health recovery of the United States from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ARPA designated $350 billion in direct aid to state, local, and tribal governments. The City of Poughkeepsie will receive over $20.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act  funds from the United States Treasury Department to assist in the recovery from COVID-19.

The United States Department of the Treasury continues to issue guidance on the use of Coronavirus Local  Fiscal Recovery Funds. The City will provide updates to the requirements for funding as federal  guidance is received. For additional information, please see below or visit the U.S. Treasury’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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Quick Reference Guide

(From the U.S. Treasury)

Fact Sheet

(From the U.S. Treasury)

Final Rule

(From the U.S. Treasury)

Final Rule Press Release

(From the U.S. Treasury)

Final Rule Overview

(From the U.S. Treasury)