American Rescue Plan Act

Washoe County State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Washoe County received $91,587,038 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to promote recovery and provide greater community resilience. The SLFRF provides a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Between now and December 2026, Washoe County must expend its portion of the SLFRF funds to address the impact of COVID-19 in our region. The County is required to submit quarterly reports to the U.S. Treasury Department with information related to its use of funds and recovery plans.

In support of a strong and equitable recovery in Washoe County, Recovery Funds will be prioritized to:  

  • Address health disparities known to directly influence social inequities in health through programs that target populations with higher incidents of disease.
  • Address the root causes of homelessness, to include collaborative solutions for mental health, substance abuse and identifying pathways to independent living.
  • Bolster economic recovery for community members to mitigate financial hardships, implement structural changes, or address other COVID-related issues.
  • Enhance childhood environments with key partners in the community who deliver early learning and family support services
  • Build stronger neighborhoods with initiatives that preserve and expand upon affordable housing options for low to mid-income level earners in our community.


The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program ensures that governments have the resources needed to:

  • Fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with its public health and economic impacts,
  • Maintain vital public services, even amid declines in revenue, and
  • Build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity.

Get future notifications to provide your perspective on the prioritization of funds or to find out more about the application process. 

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