More than $300 million disbursed over the past two weeks
Harrisburg, PA - Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced today that the second batch of payments under the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery program has been sent to qualifying Pennsylvania municipalities.
“Many communities are still hurting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this money is meant to help them through the ongoing economic recovery. I encourage local officials to apply for these available funds as soon as possible if they have not already done so.”
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Stacy Garrity
Disbursements made this week include payments to 648 municipalities totaling $143.2 million. Combined with the 484 payments made last week, which totaled $168.5 million, that means 1,132 Pennsylvania municipalities have received $311.7 million.
ARPA gave states the responsibility to disburse these federal funds to municipalities with fewer than 50,000 residents. To receive payments, eligible Pennsylvania municipalities must request funds through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Larger municipalities must apply to receive payments directly from the federal government.
Current payment information can be found on this interactive map on Treasury’s website. The map will be updated as additional payments are made.
Treasury will continue to pay municipalities on a rolling basis as they complete the necessary steps to receive payment. Pennsylvania has more than 2,500 municipalities that qualify for these payments.
Municipalities can use Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund payments to address negative economic impacts due to the pandemic, replace lost public sector revenue, support public health, assist essential workers, and invest in infrastructure improvements such as water, sewer or broadband services.
Note: This release was updated to correct the number of municipalities which received payments this week from 649 to 648 and to make related corrections.