On March 11, 2021, the President of the United States signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This law provides resources through the new Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) to local governments to respond to the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

ARPA'S CLFRF provides eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

ARPA has allocated $350 billion in emergency funding of which approximately $3.4 billion is allocated within Massachusetts. Plymouth’s allocation is as follows:

Directly from US Treasury:$  9,472,098.00
Via Plymouth County (Phases 1-4):$11,055,423.89
Via Town of Kingston (MA Dept of Public Health):$     105,349.00

Deadline: All costs must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and the period of performance will run until December 31, 2026, which will provide recipients a reasonable amount of time to complete projects funded with Fiscal Recovery Funds.

This is the list of Town of Plymouth ARPA-CLFRF projects as approved by the Select Board to date:

Fire Communication Tower$328,900Click for Project Overview
SCADA Upgrades$497,000Click for Project Overview
Airport Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades$3,200,000Click for Project Overview
Water Street Interceptor$4,700,000Click for Project Overview
Water Street Pump Station Flood Barrier Wall$2,500,000Click for Project Overview
HVAC Fire Station 2$496,000Click for Project Overview
HVAC Fire Station 5$343,000Click for Project Overview
Outdoor Dining$105,000Click for Project Overview
COVID Test Kits$153,200Click for Project Overview
ADA Portable Restroom Trailer$75,000Click for Project Overview
Electric Vehicles $133,859Click for Project Overview
Jenney Pond Dam$350,000Click for Project Overview
Oak Street Housing Upgrade Water Service$22,371Click for Project Overview
Asphalt Hot Box$55,100Click for Project Overview
Allerton Park$400,000Click for Project Overview
Public Safety Dispatch Center$1,400,000Click for Project Overview
Brewster Garden Stairs$140,500Click for Project Overview
Climate Action Plan$50,000Click for Project Overview

Click here to link to the US Treasury CLFRF website for additional information
Click here to link to the Plymouth County ARPA portal

Plymouth County received approximately $90 million pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, money designated specifically for state and local governments to be expended for allowable purposes related to COVID-19 through December 31, 2021. These funds were available through an application process designed to allow all 27 cities and towns within Plymouth County to apply for reimbursement for necessary Coronavirus-related expenditures that meet the CARES Act requirements in a manner consistent with federal guidelines.

The total allocation available to the Town of Plymouth for reimbursement (Phases I-VII) was $9,668,216.54

Deadline: December 31, 2021 was the final deadline to request funds.

Town of Plymouth Reimbursement Requests:

#16/26/20$601,656.43Click to Open$599,082.27
#27/31/20$193,974.19Click to Open$193,971.21


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#410/30/20 $860,089.14Click to Open$859,814.43


(revised to remove unemployment)

Click to Open$3,969,212.96
#67/22/21$2,399,395.61Click to Open$2,399,395.61
#79/17/21$265,428.86Click to Open$263,476.93
#811/1/21$69,466.75Click to Open$69,466.75
#9 (FINAL)12/29/21$577,770.86Click to Open$573,112.00
TOTAL: $9,552,953.87 





Town: $1,892,015.92
School: $7,246,291.23
Charter Schools: $400,464.99

Click here to link to the Plymouth County Cares website for additional information


SchoolsElementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund - ESSER I (US Department of Education)$732,123
SchoolsElementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund - ESSER II (US Department of Education)$2,758,809
SchoolsElementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund - ESSER III (US Department of Education)$6,411,371
SchoolsFY2021 State Coronavirus Prevention Fund Program (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)$335,737.50
Public HealthPublic Health Support for COVID-19 (MAHB: Massachusetts Association of Health Boards)$65,395
PoliceCoronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (Office of Justice Programs – DOJ: Department of Justice)$34,111
FireAssistance to Firefighters Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental (US Department of Homeland Security – FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency)$44,529.96
DPWShared Streets & Spaces Program (Massachusetts Department of Transportation)$172,727.50
Community DevelopmentCARES Act Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Funds (HUD: US Department of Housing and Urban Development)$796,549
Center for Active LivingCARES Act Elder Affairs Grant (Executive Office of Elder Affairs)$6,000
AirportCARES Act Airport Grants (Federal Aviation Administration)$69,000
AirportAirport Coronavirus Response Grant Program (Federal Aviation Administration)$23,000
AirportAirport Rescue Grant (Federal Aviation Administration)$59,000
Town ClerkCARES Act HAVA Help America Vote Act - November Election (US Election Assistance Commission)$7,838.47
TOTAL: $11,516,191.43