The Recovery Fund and Rural Communities:
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) and Rural Communities, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which NACo helped to develop and strongly advocated to pass, allocates $65.1 billion directly to every county across the nation. NACo was especially proud to help deliver over $7.5 billion in funding to rural counties with populations of less than 50,000. These funds provide direct, flexible aid for every county, parish and borough in America. Counties are on the front lines in delivering this aid to residents and are a driving force connecting communities and strengthening the economy.
As directed by the ARPA and U.S. Department of Treasury, counties can invest Recovery Funds into a broad range of programs, services and projects under five categories to: support the public health response; address negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19; replace lost revenue; provide premium pay to essential workers; and invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
This report highlights how counties have begun investing Recovery Funds to support rural communities and residents across the country.
COUNTIES WITH POPULATIONS BELOW 50,000