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The American Rescue Plan

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Escambia County will receive a total of $61.7 million in two installments, with 50% ($30,914,575.50) provided beginning in May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later.

The county may use the funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure

*Within these categories, fund recipients have broad flexibility to decide how to best use this funding to meet needs.

Process for Determining Use of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Community Needs Survey

  • Residents, business and community organizations are able to provide feedback on community needs that have developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Community Needs Survey.
  • The public is asked to submit input to the Escambia County American Rescue Plan Survey by 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. It is available in English and Spanish online and at the community centers and libraries listed in this news release.
  • The survey results will be posted on this page and will be provided to the county once complete. 

Reports

Aug. 31, 2021: Escambia County - State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds - Recovery Plan Performance Report through July 31, 2021

Emergency Rental Assistance Plan

Escambia County will receive an allocation of $9,611,771 from the Department of the Treasury to assist renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rent and/or utility assistance. Click here for more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Plan.

About the American Rescue Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden's American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts. 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The distribution of the $362 billion is allocated as follows: 

  • States Fiscal Recovery Fund ($219.8 billion)
    • States and District of Columbia: $195.3 billion
    • U.S. Territories: $4.5 billion
    • Tribal Governments: $20 billion
  • Local Fiscal Recovery Fund ($130.2 billion)
    • $65.1 billion in direct federal aid to all counties
    • $65.1 billion to cities and other non-county municipalities
  • Coronavirus Capital Projects ($10 billion)
  • Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund ($2 billion) 

Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 24, 2024.  

Federal Guidance About the Use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund 

Resources 

Contact 

Send questions about the American Rescue Plan in Escambia County to arp@myescambia.com.
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