As a “metro city” with a population over 50,000, the City of Missoula received a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury. Great Falls and Billings were the other two cities in Montana who received a direct allocation (other Montana cities receive their ARPA funding through the State). We received half of our total direct allocation in May 2021, and the other half in May 2022.
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ARPA is an acronym for the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides funding to address the pandemic. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, 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 federal government allows local governments that lost revenue (lost taxes, utility payments, etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic to use ARPA funds, up to the amount of revenue lost, for "government services." This category is extremely discretionary and allows the funds to be used for any service traditionally provided by a government. Treasury’s Final Rule allowed local governments to claim a standard allowance of $10 million in lost revenue. The City of Missoula took this standard allowance, and you’ll see the “government services” language in the “City Operations” category on this website.
The federal government intended ARPA funding to help:
For more info on guidelines, visit Treasury’s SLFRF website.