How Would You Like to See ARPA Funds Spent?

by Devyn Giannetti , Communications Specialist, Department of Communications

Woman in car receiving COVID-19 VaccineCuyahoga County has launched a new webpage seeking feedback from residents on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

The website details the areas where ARPA funding can be spent, and provides and overview of CARES Act funding, which was used to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and maintain County services.

Cuyahoga County will receive roughly $240 million in direct funding from ARPA across two years, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.

Residents can submit ideas within the primary areas ARPA funding can be spent:

  1. Support public health response
    • Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
  2. Address negative economic impacts
    • Respond to economic harms to workers families, small businesses, nonprofits, and impacted industries.
    • Re-hiring of public sector workers.
  3. Replace public sector revenue loss
    • Use funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.
  4. Premium pay for essential workers
    • Offer additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure.
    • Funds can be used retroactively back to January 27, 2020.
  5. Water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
    • Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water.
    • Invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
    • Provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access.
  6. Ideas for transformative and lasting initiatives

Using these funds this way will allow the County to:

  • Maintain quality services
  • Mitigate the continuing effects of COVID-19
  • Create transformative and lasting initiatives to launch Cuyahoga County towards a more vibrant and prosperous region where everyone thrives.

Submissions will be reviewed and considered by the Office of the Cuyahoga County Executive and County Council.

The response period is now open. Learn more and submit your idea through the County Executive website.