American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) & Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

August 15, 2022 City Council Work Session

March 7, 2022 City Council Work Session

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.

What is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)?

The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed on Nov. 15, 2021, is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in our Nation’s history. It provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new Federal investment in infrastructure, including in roads, bridges, and mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.

  • $550 billion in new spending for transportation
  • $55 billion investment in clean water, wastewater, and stormwater
  • Additional $15 billion in SRF funding for water infrastructure –targeting lead service line replacement
  • $65 billion to comprehensively fund broadband expansion
  • $1 billion in electric vehicle charging stations
  • $1 billion for ReConnecting Communities
  • $89 billion in public transportation
  • Airport and port funding – unprecedented funding for the Upper Mississippi River
  • And more…


Applications: 2021 - 2027
Spending deadline: 2029

Dubuque's Infrastructure Priorities through BIL

  • 14th Street Overpass
  • 16th Street Detention Basin Flood Gates and Pumps
  • Catfish Creek Sanitary Sewer System Improvements
  • NW Arterial and HWY 20 Intersection Improvements
  • Schmitt Island Master Plan Implementation
  • Flood Wall Maintenance/Improvements
  • Trail Plan Update and Expansion
  • Green Alleys
  • Mitigation of Impacts of Canadian Pacific/Kansas City Southern Railroad Merger
  • Water System Maintenance and Upgrades
  • Water & Resource Recovery Center Enhancements
  • Support for Economic Development efforts.

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