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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:
$81,806,170

Funding Received:
$40,903,085

Funding Expended (See Dashboard​):
$7,465,000

In addition to the County of Berks' allocation:
  • Berks County municipalities will be receiving about $96.7 million
  • Berks County school districts will be receiving about $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.

The County is still in the process of gathering information to properly prioritize the most effective and intentional uses of these funds. The Berks County Recovery Survey​ allows the community to provide input about which focus areas should be prioritized.  

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. A grant application for projects seeking potential funding is available below. ​

 
What's the plan?

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

 
  • Community Support Committee
    • Community Support Logo in the shape of a heart with a heartbeat line insideChair: Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt
      This committee reviewed food insecurity, homelessness, affordable housing, mental health, health inequities and unmet social service needs. 
       
  • Business Response Committee
    • ​​Business Logo in the shape of a navy chevronChair: Commissioner Michael S. Rivera
      This committee reviewed programs that supported businesses  to determine if there were still unmet needs. This included small businesses, Main Streets, Tourism, Hospitality, workforce development and manufacturing.
       
  • Special Projects and Infrastructure Committee
    • Special Projects and Infrastructure Logo in the shape of a navy star
      Chair: Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach
      This Committee reviewed transportation, broadband, water and sewer and special projects.
  • County Operations - Assessment and Needs Committee
    • County Operations-Assessment and Needs Committee Logo in the shape of the County of BerksSenior County Leadership
      This Committee continues to assess and document the negative financial impact on the County of Berks budget and operations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
       

 

Get Involved

The County of Berks is committed to utilizing our ARP funding to create a positive, lasting impact in our community.  To help us do that, we are interested in collecting your input and ideas. Please keep in mind that this is one-time funding and not designed to support ongoing commitments to fund operations into the future.

If you would like to provide feedback or sign-up for future updates, please click here to open our Berks County Recovery Survey. Help us spread the word by sharing the survey link with your friends and neighbors!

To access the survey in Spanish, click here. Para accesar la encuesta en español, haga clic aquí

 
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Grant Program

The County of Berks has created an opportunity for municipalities, businesses and nonprofits that serve the County to apply for project grants made possible through the County's American Rescue Plan funds. These grants are intended for one-time financial support for projects that will leverage available resources and collaborate with community partners to ensure the maximum level of positive and lasting impact for residents.

The County Commissioners approved utilizing $18 million for these grants in 2022 and another $12 million for grants in 2023. The deadline to submit applications for 2022 was March 31, 2022. The County expects to start announcing grant recipients in mid-June.

  • ARP Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions
  • Those who applied should review the sample grant form of agreement and be prepared to accept the terms and conditions if selected as a recipient.  

     
    All questions about these grants should be directed to Karra Mayo, Grants Coordinator, at ARP@countyofberks.com.
     
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    Expenditure Dashboard

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


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    The dashboard will outline disbursements using the following categories:

    • County Community Health Efforts
      • Funding for projects such as COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination efforts and initiatives focused on improving and expanding public health.  

    • Lasting Impact Projects
      • ​Funding to support projects that will create sustainable, long-term positive outcomes within key community sectors, including housing, education, small businesses, food insecurity, agriculture and tourism

    • ​Infrastructure Projects
      • Funding for projects related to improving water and sewer, access to broadband internet service, transportation and other types of infrastructure.

    • Grant Administration and Governmental Services
      • Funds utilized to cover administrative expenses related to the grant process and to support County of Berks government services that experienced loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Reporting and compliance

    ​As required by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grant program, Berks County must publish an annual Performance Report outlining how funds are being utilized. 


    SLFRF - 2021 Recovery Plan Performance Report​

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