• Perry County Courthouse
  • 2 East Main Street, New Bloomfield, PA 17068
  • P) 717.582.2131

American Rescue Plan Funding (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was developed to fund critical issues facing county residents, businesses and organizations through state and local recovery funds that have been allocated.

Eligibility for grant funding must be related to COVID.  For more information on the American Rescue Plan please click https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-rescue-plan/

Eligible uses of these funds include:

  • Revenue replacement for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, relative to revenues collected in the most recent fiscal year prior to the emergency,
  • COVID-19 expenditures or negative economic impacts of COVID-19, including assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries, and economic recovery,
  • Premium pay for essential workers,
  • Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Restrictions on the uses of these funds include:

  • Funds allocated to states cannot be used to directly or indirectly to offset tax reductions or delay a tax or tax increase;
  • Funds cannot be deposited into any pension fund.

Funding must be spent by the end of calendar year 2024.

Perry County ARPA Guidelines

The County of Perry has reopened the submission period for applications from non-profits and small businesses for federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The County was awarded $8.9 million in ARPA funds through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to address the impacts of COVID-19.

Eligible entities for funding include:  501c(3) nonprofits and small privately owned business (with less than 500 employees) in Perry County.  Interested eligible entities must complete and submit the ARPA Non-Governmental Business Interruption Grant Application available at www.perryco.org. The deadline for submissions is October 13, 2023.

Program guidelines include:

  • Program funding cap of $1 million, with up to a maximum award of $50,000 per business/non-profit
  • Eligible entities must be located in Perry County and operations must be within the county
  • Eligible entities must be in business and operational at the time of application submission
  • Eligible entities must be able to demonstrate revenue loss and expenditures during the years 2020 and 2021
  • Eligible entities will be required to provide the following in order to be considered:
    • Tax returns and profit & loss statements for 2019, 2020, and 2021
    • List of any COVID relief funding received

Completed applications may be emailed to ARPA@perryco.org or mailed to P.O. Box 37 New Bloomfield PA 17068.

Application available below.


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