American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law on March 11, 2021, will: 

  • Mount a national vaccination program, contain COVID-19, and safely reopen schools.
  • Deliver immediate relief to American families bearing the brunt of this crisis. 
  • Support communities that are struggling in the wake of COVID-19.

The ARPA includes a $1.9 trillion aid package that provides financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, non-profits and others impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, including:

  • $1,400 direct payments to eligible taxpayers making $75,000 or less annually.
  • Expanded and extended unemployment insurance through September 6, 2021.
  • $350 billion for state and local governments.
  • $102 billion for community & economic development, transportation & infrastructure.
  • $47 billion for housing, food security, public health & social services.
  • $165.4 billion to aid our education system.
  • $40 billion for childcare.
  • $52.1 billion in new loans and grants for small businesses.
  • $65.85 billion for coronavirus vaccine and testing activities.

For additional details on the ARPA, visit

The City of Dubuque expects to receive nearly $28 million in the federal funds to assist with the COVID-19 recovery. These funds are specifically directed to provide relief for impacted individuals and households, private businesses, tourism, travel, hospitality, and non- profits; reimbursement for lost revenues to the City; and necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.  

Local ARPA-Related Resources

Dubuque ARPA Presentation

  • View the slides from the April 29, 2021, ARPA presentation to Dubuque community leaders here.

Dubuque Area Grant Writers

Dubuque Plans

For more information Dubuque's plans to utilize ARPA funds, please contact City of Dubuque Director of Strategic Partnerships Teri Goodmann by email.