The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enacted in March 2021 provided an historic commitment of federal funds to address critical needs of communities responding to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Of the larger federal investment, $350 billion is designated for state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments through the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund. Without input from philanthropy and charitable organizations, state legislatures and local governments may fail to recognize the consequential opportunity to invest these funds in addressing longstanding challenges in local communities, laid bare by the pandemic.
Join this session to learn why and how philanthropy can be proactive NOW in encouraging local governments to focus on support for essential service providers. The timing is opportune in many communities – local officials need the help! The conversation will highlight examples of how the American Rescue Plan Act can expand resources to advance equity and transformative systemic change.