American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Committee Members: Robert Allen, Anne Awad (vice chair), Jim Bagnall, Bruce Dobbins, Elicia Pinsonault, Peg Soule (chair) and Grey Wicker. The committee plans to meet monthly.

Mission Statement: Using the U.S. Treasury guidance, the ARPA Committee will conduct a needs assessment that considers priorities of the three communities that make up our Town and develop recommendations to the Select Board for the allocation of the ARPA funds.

ARPA Application

As part of the American Rescue Plan, the Town of Wallingford will receive over $500,000 to be used for the development and administration of programs and projects for the greater good of our community. 

ARPA funding can be used for programs and projects that support the following initiatives:

  • Supporting public health
  • Addressing negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19
  • Investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
  • Other initiatives that benefit our communities

Individuals and community-based organizations are invited to submit project and program ideas by completing the application, which can be found online or at the Town Hall. The ARPA Committee will evaluate proposals, with preference given to projects that address the initiatives listed above, benefit a large portion of our communities, and are not likely to be funded by outside sources.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2022. As part of the proposal review process, applicants may be asked to attend a future ARPA committee meeting to share additional information about their proposal. At the end of the proposal review process, the ARPA Committee will make a recommendation to the Select Board, who will have the final determination on project selection funding.

To apply for ARPA Funds, fill out and submit the ARPA Application via email to townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or mail to: Town of Wallingford, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773 Attn: Town Administrator
The application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

For an ARPA Application, click here.

Agendas and Minutes

The next ARPA Committee meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall second floor. Please stay home if sick or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Click Here for Latest Agenda

ARPA Committee Minutes

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed into law March 11, 2021 that is intended to aid public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA included $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments , known as the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds distributed through the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Funds are subject to the requirements specified in the Final Rule adopted by the U.S. Treasury. The Final Rule, an Overview of the Final Rule, and a number of other useful resources can be found here: https://www.vlct.org/resources/american-rescue-plan-information.

The Town of Wallingford received the payments below in 2021 and will receive similar payments in 2022:

Municipal Payment #1: $102,122.90

County Payment #1: $189,479.45

States must obligate the CSFRF dollars by December 31, 2024, and spend by December 31, 2026.

USE OF FUNDS – From the U. S. Treasury

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. To review ARPA Expenditure categories, click here.

Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns developed a helpful Frequently Asked Question document that may answer many of your questions. Please click here.

The current messaging coming from VLCT is “Take a moment to pause” as the Final Rule continues to be reviewed. VLCT has released an ARPA Final Rule Analysis that can be viewed here: https://www.vlct.org/resource/arpacslfrf-final-rule-summary-and-analysis.

Key changes include:

  • The Final Rule takes effect April 1, 2022. Municipalities may choose to follow the Final Rule prior to April 1st and going forward, as it is allowed by Treasury with no penalty and provides greater flexibility in uses of funds.
  • Treasury is now allowing municipalities to determine the amount of revenue lost due to the pandemic by choosing EITHER
    • Using a formula to calculate the amount of lost revenue OR
    • Claiming a Standard Allowance of up to $10 million (not to exceed the municipality’s award amount)
      • Treasury PRESUMES that up to $10 million has been lost due to the pandemic. Therefore, it is suggested that any municipality that received less than $10 million in ARPA funding may choose to use their entire award to replace lost revenue. A municipality does not need to demonstrate the loss as it is presumed by Treasury. This provides the most FLEXIBILITY in spending and reporting requirements.
      • Recipients are permitted to use that amount to fund “government services.”
    • KEEP IN MIND – additional guidance and interpretation is expected regarding this change, hence the messaging to PAUSE.

The Wallingford Selectboard hosted a public forum on September 22, 2021 to gather input. Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s Eric Hall, the point person responding to inquiries, prepared a response sheet for questions raised during the forum. Click here.