American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, the President of the United States signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This law provides resources through the new Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) to local governments to respond to the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

ARPA'S CLFRF provides eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

ARPA has allocated $350 billion in emergency funding of which approximately $3.4 billion is allocated within Massachusetts. Billerica's allocation is $12,962,698:

Below is a proposed list of ARPA projects the Select Board will discuss on 3/7/21. Amounts and projects are subject to change. Please click on the projects below for more information! 

       ARPA Projects for Discussion 

Howe School$500,000
Down Payment Assistance$550,000
Affordable Housing Visioning Plan$50,000
Premium Pay$390,000
Vaccine and Testing Clinics$100,000
Boston Road Non-Qualifying Expenses
HVAC Town Hall$1,600,000
HVAC Library 
Public Safety Communications
Town Wide Marketing Plan$50,000
HVAC HEPPA Filtration$500,000
Town Playgrounds / ETC
Investigate Pot Hole Apparatus / Road Work Grader $500,000
Non Sewer Total$9,825,000

Left Over Towards Sewer$3,137,698
Total ARPA Funds Spent$12,962,698


Billerica School Department Information

FY22 Grant Memo to SC

CV Relief Fund Grant Application
School Nutrition CVrf Payment $79,581.18
State Cv Prevention Fund$191,400
Municipal Cares Act$1,000,000