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American Rescue Plan
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Berks ARP Funding​​

The County received 50% of the expected funding in May 2021 and anticipates receiving the remaining funding in 2022. The County has until December 31, 2024 to commit these funds and until December 31, 2026 to expend the funds.

Total Funding Expected: $81,680,000

Funding Received:
$40,903,085

Funding Expended:
$0

In addition to the County of Berks' allocation:
  • Berks County munici​palities will be receiving $96.7 million
  • Berks County school districts will be receiving $160.3 million.
 

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law in March 2021, designating $350 billion nationwide to support immediate pandemic response, address economic fallout and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

The County of Berks expects to receive more than $81 million through the American Rescue Plan.

At this point, the County is still in the process of gathering information to properly prioritize the most effective and intentional uses of these funds. The County will focus on leveraging our available resources and collaborating with community partners to ensure that these funds will create a positive, lasting impact in our community for all residents.

 
What's the plan?

​​The County Commissioners have established several committees dedicated to specific focus areas to help address the needs of our residents and strengthen our local economy. Each Commissioner will Chair a committee that will help identify objectives, long-term benefits, possible collaborations and deserving initiatives.



Community Support Logo in the shape of a heart with a heartbeat line inside​Community Support Committee
Chair: Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt
This committee will review workforce issues, food insecurity, homelessness, affordable housing, mental health, health inequities and identify any unmet social service support needs. This committee will also evaluate and study Community Health Needs.
 
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Business Logo in the shape of a navy chevronBusiness Response Committee
Chair: Commissioner Michael S. Rivera
This committee will review the programs offered to support businesses so far and determine if there are still unmet needs. This will include small businesses, Main Streets, Tourism, Hospitality, and manufacturing operations.
 

Special Projects and Infrastructure Logo in the shape of a navy star​​Special Projects and Infrastructure Committee
Chair: Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach
This Committee will review and assess transportation, broadband, water and sewer and special projects, which may include housing and arts and culture.


County Operations-Assessment and Needs Committee Logo in the shape of the County of BerksCounty Operations - Assessment and Needs Committee
Senior County Leadership
​This Committee will assess and document the negative financial impact on the County of Berks budget and operations related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
 
 

​Expenditure Dashboard

The County has set up a dashboard that will allow the community to track how the American Rescue Plan funds are distributed  As the County Leadership team makes decisions and allocates funds, the dashboard will be updated to reflect those expenditures

There's not much to see just yet, but the County expects to start distributing funds in the next several months.

 

 Berks County American Rescue Program Expenditure Dashboard button
 
 

The federal government has identified seven categories for ARP expenditures:

  • Public Health​
    • Funding COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination efforts, personal protective equipment, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, payroll for public health and safety staff and capital investment in facilities to meet pandemic operational needs.

  • Negative Economic Impacts
    • ​Relieving economic hardships caused by the public health emergency, including aid for workers and families for food, housing or financial insecurity, small business support and recovery of hospitality, industrial and public sectors.

  • Services for the Hardest-hit Communities
    • ​Addressing disparities related to health and education, investing in housing and neighborhoods, and promoting healthy childhood environments.

  • ​Premium Pay for Essential Workers
    • ​Providing additional support for critical employees who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their essential work.

  • ​Infrastructure Investments
    • Improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and expanding access to broadband internet.

  • Public Revenue Replacement​
    • Funding government operations and services that experienced revenue loss due to the pandemic.

  • Administrative and Other​
    • Covering administrative expenses and evaluation and data analysis costs.

Learn more about the American Rescue Plan

​The United States Treasury website has even more resources about the American Rescue Plan, including an informational Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.