American Rescue Plan Act Funding

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The Everett community plays an important role as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed by Congress in March 2021, will deliver $350 billion in emergency funding to eligible state, local, and Tribal governments. The City of Everett will receive $20,695,570 in federal funding from the ARPA to be used for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery. 

This is a one-time opportunity to invest federal funds toward our most pressing community challenges and recovery efforts that we otherwise wouldn’t have funds to support. The community survey for input on ARPA fund allocation closed Nov. 14. View the survey results in the link below under "Process and timeline".

Funding allocation

These one-time federal funds must be spent within the guidelines established by the U.S. Treasury, and are separate from the City’s annual budget process. To be eligible for ARPA funding, projects must align with one of the following categories: 

  • Support COVID-19 response efforts to slow the spread of the virus, protect public health and bring the pandemic under control
  • Address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Replace lost public sector revenues
  • Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

Some ARPA-funded projects include: Everett Forward Grants

Process and timeline

City of Everett staff are working with the mayor, city council, community members and partners to invest these one-time funds in a way that is impactful and transformative for the Everett community as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Early 2021: Apply for funds
  • May 2021: Receive funding
  • October 2021: Brief city council on recommended broad spending priorities (complete)
  • October-November 2021:  Gather feedback from the community and present a list of ideas and proposals for ARPA investments (complete)
  • Late 2021-2022: Budget amendments for ARPA fund allocations are presented to City Council for approval and City staff implement adopted programs