American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

What is ARPA?

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.


Applications: Late 2024
Spending deadline: 2026

For additional details on the ARPA, visit

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

Contact Us

  1. Teri Goodmann  |  email

    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Phone: 563.589.4110

    Justin Thiltgen  |  email

    Technical Grant Analyst/Assistant
    Phone: 563.552.8091

    City Hall
    50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001