Yakima County American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Act
Yakima County is now accepting applications for 2022 ARPA Funds.
The American Recue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, which included $65.1 billion in direct aid to all counties in the United States. Yakima County was allocated ARPA funds totaling approximately $48.8 million to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic response and economic recovery, of which $24.4 million was received by the County in May of 2021 with the remainder to be received in May of 2022.
The County plans to distribute a portion of the ARPA funds through an annual grant application process in the years 2022, 2023 and 2024. All projects shall be ranked and approved by the Yakima County Commissioners for funds obligation by December 31, 2024, and Yakima County requires all funds to be expended by August 31, 2026.
Applications will be considered during the annual grant application period. If an application is not selected, or is not funded up to the full request, applicants may re-apply in the next open grant application period. Grant applicants must attest to their project readiness for expenditure of all County provided funds. If an approved application does not achieve the funding required to complete the specific project identified in the application, the funds committed by Yakima County will be reallocated.
ARPA funds may be allocated to successful applicants which are spent within the eligible categories outlined in the US Department of the Treasury Overview of the Final Rule and the National Association of Counties-Overview of the US Treasury Final Rule for ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds. In addition to these Project Categories, projects must align with an Expenditure Category as set forth by the United States Department of the Treasury.
For a full list of eligible categories, please visit these websites:
Examples of eligible project categories are:
- Programs, services and capital expenditures to build certain affordable housing, childcare facilities, schools and hospitals that support an eligible COVID-19 public health or economic response.
- Modernization of Cybersecurity.
- Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure to improve access to clean drinking water, to support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand affordable access to broadband internet.
- Restore and bolster Public Safety sector capacity such as Law Enforcement Officers, Dispatchers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders which support government’s ability to deliver critical COVID-19 services.
For those interested in applying for 2022 ARPA grant funds, submit the completed ARPA application online no later than June 24, 2022, at 4:30pm. Applications received after this date will not qualify for 2022 grant funding. Award of grant funds is anticipated by September 30th, 2022.
The application is available here. If you begin an application, you will have the ability to save the information so that you may continue at another time. Additional informational files will be able to be attached to the application before it is submitted.
Yakima County wishes to thank the City of Monroe and Clallam County for their generous assistance in helping us to create our grant application webpage.