ARPA Funding

From the federal government's American Rescue Plan Act, Calhoun County was awarded $26M in funds meant to assist county government in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses of ARPA funds must fall into one of these four categories, 
  • Negative economic impact
  • Premium pay for essential workers
  • Government services lost revenue
  • Infrastructure such as water, sewer, and broadband

The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners has already issued allocations of these funds, in a phased approach. The first, in August 2021 in coordination with the budget amendment submitted to the Board of Commissioners, was for $9M. Click here to see the list of projects that were funded in Phase 1

The second appropriation (Phase 2) totaled over $6M, and was approved by the Board of Commissioners in November 2021. Click here to see the list of projects that were funded in Phase 2

The third appropriation (Phase 3) totaled $2,600,000, and was approved by the Board of Commissioners in December 2021. Two items were funded in Phase 3: 
  • $600,000 — 40 Hours PTO to County Employees Appreciation Gift
  • $2,000,000 — Battle Creek Unlimited Economic Development Project - McCamly Hotel

The fourth appropriate (Phase 4) totaled $1,271,615, and was approved by the Board of Commissioners in April 2021. Click here to see the list of projects that were funded in Phase 4.

The use of remaining dollars is part of ongoing discussion amongst Commissioners and County Administration. 


Resources
These resources are about Calhoun County's ARPA funding: 
ARPA Overview and Initial Strategy (Powerpoint)
Complete list of ARPA requests made to the County
Phase 1 Board of Commissioners Resolution
Phase 2 Board of Commissioners Resolution 
Phase 3 Board of Commissioners Resolution
Phase 4 Board of Commissioners Resolution

Listed below are state and federal resources to understand what ARPA funding is meant for: 
ARPA Interim Final Rules from the Treasury, including reporting requirements
MI Roadmap by the Michigan Association of Counties
State and Local Allocation Output
State of Michigan Local Government Resources for ARPA
US Department of Treasury: ARPA for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
US Treasury FAQs