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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. This legislation established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), which provides significant resources to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to address impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Treasury has allocated $18.3 million to the City of Iowa City. The City received approximately half of this amount in May 2021 and anticipates receiving the remaining balance around May 2022. SLFRF dollars are intended to both address emergency stabilization needs and help localities make long-term, transformative investments (especially in underserved populations) through careful planning and extensive public input. All funds must be expended and projects completed by December 31, 2026.

View rules and guidance for State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds on the U.S. Treasury webpage.

City of Iowa City Use of Funds

City Council has identified guiding principles to inform the process of prioritizing ideas for use funds.

City Council and staff will work collaboratively with residents, businesses, non-profits, and other community partners and stakeholders to ensure a transparent process that is aligned with community needs. Additionally, the City will seek to coordinate with Johnson County and neighboring cities to maximize the transformative impact of these funds and the many other funding streams and programs included in the American Rescue Plan Act.

Non-Profit Operating Assistance

The City of Iowa City is now accepting applications from organizations for the use of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) funds to address the needs of non-profits who have experienced negative economic impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council has allocated a total of $400,000 for ARPA nonprofit pandemic recovery which is available to qualifying projects within the City of Iowa City. Applications can be completed using the online form, and will be accepted through August 16, 2022 at noon.

Funding may be used for public service activities serving low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents of Iowa City including advocacy, case management, referrals, service coordination, education, counseling, legal assistance, and funding for staff to implement these activities. Funded activities must be related pandemic recovery, economic impacts, or services to disproportionate communities. Projects must also meet one of the following priority categories:

  • Homelessness assistance or housing stabilization
  • Childcare and youth services
  • Health care including mental health services
  • Food assistance

Applicants are encouraged to contact Neighborhood Services staff with questions about the funding or application process at 319-356-5237 or cgripp@iowa-city.org.  

Public Input

Residents may provide ongoing public input by e-mailing comments in their preferred language to publicinput@iowa-city.org

An initial round of public input opportunities was held throughout summer 2021. Responses were compiled for City Council to discuss at their September 7, 2021 work session:

Previous public outreach efforts:

  • Diversity Market (July 10, 2021)
  • Farmer's Market (July 24, 2021)
  • Listening Session at Mercer Park (August 11, 2021)
  • Online survey offered in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French (Survey closed Aug. 30, 2021)
  • Informational flyers distributed in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic

U.S. Treasury Final Rule and Guidance

U.S. Treasury State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Webpage