American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Dubuque County and The American Rescue Plan Act

Dubuque County will receive $18.9 million in total funding from The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). These funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Throughout the pandemic, counties have served on the front lines in our communities. We have dug into our reserves and leveraged essential federal investments to help curtail the virus and keep our small businesses alive. We have taken many steps to serve our most vulnerable residents, including our seniors, children, unemployed, sick, and front-line workers. 

This one-time federal government aid represents a historic investment in counties on the front lines of our nation’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The direct, flexible funding will improve the quality of life for the people living, learning, and working in Dubuque County, provide for immediate recovery needs, and create a long-term investment in Dubuque County’s future. 

What Are Your Priorities?

As stewards of the Dubuque County funding, the Board of Supervisors will determine the highest and best strategic uses of the funding to serve the citizens of the County. We invite residents, businesses, and community organizations to provide feedback about their priorities for the use of these funds.  

Federal guidelines require that programs and projects must be tied to one of the eligible criteria listed below. Also, funds must be committed by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026.

  • Respond to public health emergencies or its negative economic impacts to residents, business, and impacted industries;
  • Compensate for revenue reductions due to COVID-19;
  • Support infrastructure projects related to water, sewer, and/or broadband internet.

The survey is closed.  Thank you for your response.


 Community Organizations and External Partners - Submit a Proposal

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors is also inviting community organizations and external partners to submit American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) proposals for funding consideration. Together, we must pursue the great American tradition of building back better after major crises. Let us use this opportunity born out of a challenging time to strengthen our local partnerships and make smart investments in a brighter, more resilient future for our communities.

Proposals that will be considered for ARPA funds must address a public need that has been created or exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet usage and timing requirements of the ARPA legislation. Projects should be designed with a strategic public purpose that creates meaningful and long-lasting impact and must be focused on Dubuque County and be administered or located in Dubuque County. 

The application processed has closed.  Questions regarding the application may be submitted to arpa@dubuquecounty.us


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