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 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.
Finance Department staff will be working with our consultant during January 2022 to finalize the grant application process.
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||Social Determinants of 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.||Completed 50% or more||$98,200.00|
|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.||Not Started||$145,000.00|
|12/21/2021||Administrative & Other||Administrative Expenses||Consultants||Reserved funding to support the use of consultants to 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%||$1,500,000.00|
|Total as of December 2021||$2,743,200.00|