American Rescue Plan Act

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.

For additional details on the ARPA, visit

The City of Dubuque expects to receive nearly $28 million in the federal funds to assist with the COVID-19 recovery. These funds are specifically directed to provide relief for impacted individuals and households, private businesses, tourism, travel, hospitality, and non- profits; reimbursement for lost revenues to the City; and necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.  

Local ARPA-Related Resources

Dubuque ARPA Presentation

  • View the slides from the April 29, 2021, ARPA presentation to Dubuque community leaders here.

Dubuque Area Grant Writers

Dubuque Plans & Background Documents

For more information Dubuque's plans to utilize ARPA funds, please contact City of Dubuque Director of Strategic Partnerships Teri Goodmann by email.