Clay County received $24,274,734.50 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), as authorized with Resolution 2021-121. This figure represents half of what the County can expect to eventually receive, or $48,549,469.00. With 2021-Ordinance-22, the County Commission preliminarily, subject to need, allocated these funds evenly among main categories of eligible uses. Those include, according to the U.S. Treasury's Final Rule:
To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality
To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID–19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers
For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency
To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Additional information on ARPA can be found at the U.S. Treasury website. Grant opportunities from the State of Missouri can be found here.