New website guides access to Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act funds
(KBSI) – A new website to help guide access to Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds recently launched. The website, moarpa.mo.gov, enables visitors to learn about how ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Funds are being spent in Missouri. The website will also provide information on how Missouri organizations, non-profits, municipalities, businesses, communities, and other entities can apply for the State’s ARPA funds.
Gov. Parson said the state wants to use the funding to make responsible investments that best serve Missourians.
“This website provides a one-stop shop to see how these funds are being spent and also how to apply for funding,” Governor Parson said. “We owe it to the people of Missouri to be transparent in our spending efforts and ensure these funds are used in the most effective ways possible.”
There are certain categories of allowable spending under federal regulations for the ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The eligible categories of spending include projects or programs that support public health expenditures; address negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19; replace lost public sector revenue; or invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
Some funding has been appropriated for fiscal year 2022. The Missouri General Assembly agreed upon and passed HB 3020 on May 6, 2022. This allocates a majority of Missouri’s State Fiscal Recovery Funds for specific purposes. Governor Parson has until July 1 to take action on the bill. Once the budget is finalized and implementation of the funding begins, additional information will be added and maintained on the website.
As of May 16, the only grant programs accepting applications are the water, wastewater, stormwater, and lead service line inventory grant programs. The remaining grant programs will begin accepting applications after July 1 and into the fall.
ARPA includes funding for states and local governments to mitigate the negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic (State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds). Missouri was allocated about $2.7 billion in State Fiscal Recovery Funds under ARPA.
All ARPA funded programs and grants must be allocated by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026.