American Rescue Plan Funds
About American Rescue Plan Funds in Kalamazoo County Government
In May 2021, Kalamazoo County was granted $51,485,963 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to use through 2024. These funds are available from the federal government to communities across the country to assist in recovery efforts from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kalamazoo County recognizes the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had within our community and the historic opportunity State, and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide to address that impact. When Treasury released the Interim Final Rule in May 2021, Kalamazoo County Government staff began participating in a variety of webinars hosted by the White House, National Association of Counties, State of Michigan, and the Government Finance Officers Association to gain a thorough knowledge of the eligible uses of these funds and the corresponding reporting requirements. Kalamazoo County Government received our first deposit of $25,742,981.50 at the end of June 2021, and presentations to the Board of Commissioners, which outlined important planning information, began in July 2021.
After securing the funds, Finance Department staff worked to develop a draft grant application process that will allow the community, County departments, and other municipalities to apply for these funds. The preliminary results of that work were presented to the Board of Commissioners in August of 2021 for their feedback. Additionally, a community feedback session regarding proposed use of the funds was held on August 24, 2021. The County also began to seek proposals and ultimately selected a consulting firm in December of 2021 to ensure that allocations meet the federal government’s specifications for American Rescue Plan spending.
The grant application process opened on February 28, 2022 and closed on April 29, 2022. The Board of Commissioners has formed six sub-committees: Essential Worker Premium Pay, Negative Economic Impact, Provision for Government Services, Public Health, Services for Disproportionately Impacted Communities, and Water, Sewer, or Broadband. These six sub-committees will review the submitted applications and recommend to the entire Board of Commissioners for funding. The meetings are open to the public, and notices for meeting dates and times may be found on the County’s Public Notice page and the Board Agenda and Minutes page. The sub-committee work is ongoing.
Where is the Money Going?
Preliminary discussions with the Board of Commissioners have outlined the need to explore uses that support public health, including addressing community violence issues and mental health, broadband infrastructure, education assistance, premium pay for essential workers, revenue losses that occurred in 2020, and those that may arise in future years. We anticipate that additional facilitated Board of Commissioner discussions will outline strategies to maximize programmatic impact and ensure effective, efficient, and equitable outcomes.
American Rescue Plan Allocations
|Date Approved||Category||Sub-Category||Project Title||Overview||Status||Funding Amount|
|9/21/2021||Public Health||Community Violence Interventions||Gun Violence Prevention||The County will partner with the City of Kalamazoo to identify intervention and prevention strategies to combat the increasing gun violence in our City and County. Potential programmatic ideas being explored include creating more opportunites for youth programming, working through athletics like youth football to reach youth, exploring ways to reach youth not involved in athlethics, providing funding to small businesses to mentor youth and offering gun safety items and training.||Not Started||$1,000,000.00|
|12/7/2021||Revenue Replacement||Provision of Government Services||Board of Commissioner Chambers Upgrade||The project will fund upgrades to the Board of Commissioners chambers in order to facilitate the ability for residents to participate either in person or remotely in County board meetings.||
|12/7/2021||Revenue Replacement||Provision of Government Services||Clerk/Register of Deeds Software Management System||Funding will support a software upgrade to replace obsolete point of service software utilized by the Office of the Clerk/Register of Deeds. The new software includes a self-service feature which will allow individuals to obtain vital record documents completely online.||Completed less than 50%||$145,000.00|
|12/21/2021||Administrative & Other||Administrative Expenses||Consultants||Reserved funding to support the use of consultants to communicate with public regarding spending, administer grant program and ensure allocations meet the federal government's specifications. This is the maximum amount that may be spent on these services.||Completed less than 50%||$1,520,000.00|
|3/15/2022||Premium Pay||Public Sector Employees||Essential Worker Premium Payments||One-time lump sum payment in an amount up to $1,000 for current and retired County of Kalamazoo government employees. Payments can not exceed $13 per hour as required by the American Rescue Plan.||
|5/4/2022||Premium Pay||Public Sector Employees||Essential Worker Premium Payments||Current and retired County of Kalamazoo government employees who received the $1,000 payment will receive $3.00 per hour for each essential work hour beyond the first 77 hours up to a maximum payment of $7,500. Seperated employees will receive $3.00 per hour up to a maximum payment of $7,500. These are one-time lump sum payments.||Completed 50% or more||$8,000,000.00|
|Total as of July 2022||$12,019,500.00|