Welcome to the ARPA Portal
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law and provided $350 billion of funding to states, territories, tribal and local governments to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts.
Barnstable County will receive $41,370,811. Of that amount $10,000,000 has been allocated for application by Cape Cod's 15 towns, and $5,000,000 has been allocated to a competitive grant program inviting applications between $100,000 and $500,000 (small/medium-sized grants).
Eligible Use of Funds Categories Approved for Application
Water and Sewer Infrastructure
Infrastructure improvements by building or upgrading existing facilities
Lack of broadband access or not meeting minimum acceptable speeds
Support the Public Health Response
Responses to COVID-19 issues, mental health and substance misuse struggles, crisis intervention, etc. (eligible uses pertaining to food security and community services are here)
Address Negative Economic Impacts
Deliver assistance to impacted workers, families and businesses (eligible uses pertaining to housing, education and local business assistance are here)
Public Sector Revenue Loss
Ensure continuity of vital government services by filling budget shortfalls (NOTE: Public Sector Revenue Loss is NOT an eligible use category for the $5MM Competitive Grant Program)
Barnstable County’s ARPA allocation to the towns totals $10 million. For details on each municipality’s allocation see Municipal Allocations. Allocation amounts to regional projects remain under review.
These funds will be made available through our online application process that is designed to facilitate ARPA compliance and the related reporting requirements. To be eligible for funding, applicants must successfully complete an application (with appropriate approvals), agree to Barnstable County’s Terms and Conditions, including the execution of a Grant Agreement. Please note that applicants can submit more than one application, but in no case will amounts be awarded that exceed the total amount allocated to the applicable member community.
All costs related to the ARPA program must be incurred by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026.
We take great pride in administering these funds for our member communities and are pleased to provide the support our communities need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.