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  • Writer's pictureJocelyn Thompson

February 25th, 2022

Welcome to the Friday Update from the Federal Funding Hub!

This message shares news and resources so that our region can make the most of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other federal funding.

Federal Funding News – Minnesota


  • St. Paul: Mayor Carter is planning to use ARPA money for new police officers, gun safes, an extension of the city's guaranteed income pilot, and other programs.

  • Hennepin County: Hennepin County will be holding a virtual info session to discuss Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and ARPA funded work on Thursday, March 10th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Scott County: After two intensive works sessions, the Scott County Board provided direction on how ARPA funds should be invested in programs. See page 22 of this report.

  • City of Prior Lake: City leaders have finalized the spending plan for the allocation of $2.88 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funds.

  • City of Brooklyn Park: The City has released a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for business finance professionals to provide financial consulting services to organizations that will be funded under the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Brooklyn Park Economic Development Authority Community Partnership Program (CPP) community funding opportunity. Due: March 7, 2022, at 5:00pm.

  • Total State ARPA money: $73 billion came to Minnesota from three big federal laws: the CARES Act of March 2020; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Act of December 2020; and the American Rescue Plan Act of March 2021.

  • The Governor's Council on Economic Expansion: The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 28th.


Federal Funding News – National

  • Final Rule Guidance: The final rule increases state flexibility in how to use the funds and gives a green light to investing in households and communities with low incomes.

  • ARPA Allocation: Read about how different states are using their ARPA dollars for prisons, water Infrastructure and broadband.

  • IIJA: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) offers an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate momentum around careers that pay higher wages, require shorter-term credentials, and need a new generation of talent.

Upcoming Webinars

  • The White House Webinars: A series of webinars over the coming weeks will help local leaders and others get familiar with funding opportunities in the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure law. Upcoming sessions include: railroads, roads, bridges and major projects; safety; clean energy and power; water; resilience; environmental remediation; and broadband.

Resources

  • Talk Justice Podcast: Senior Advisor to the president and American Rescue Plan Coordinator, Gene Sperling discusses implementing the historic $1.9 trillion rescue plan and what it means for access to justice.

  • The United States Conference of Mayors: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams join the podcast to discuss ARPA funding and how it will help America’s cities.

  • Behavioral Health: Listen to the recording from NACO for Investing ARPA Funds in Behavioral Health Crisis Response from February 22nd at 3pm.

  • NLC: Listen to the recording from this webinar to learn how you can use community data to assist with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for grant writing and grant targeting

EDA News

Please reach out with questions and ideas regarding federal funding in our region. Also let me know if you have any news or resources you’d like to share. Allison

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