What is ARPA?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was established in March 2021. ARPA approved a $1.9 trillion federal relief package. The relief package aids American families, small businesses, industries, and local governments.
Under ARPA, $350 billion was allocated to state, local, and tribal governmental entities. These funds were allocated from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). This included an allocation of $326.9 million for the City of San Antonio. The U.S. Department of the Treasury disbursed the funds over two years (May 2021 and June 2022). The funds must be allocated by 2024 and spent by 2026. Additionally, the City has been awarded funding through other ARPA grants.
ARPA - $555.6 Million
The illustration below provides a high-level summary of ARPA funds awarded to the City of San Antonio through January 2023.
SLFRF & City Funds - $344.2 Million*
The SLFRF allocation of $326.9 million was augmented by $14.9 million from City Funds and $2.4M from SLFRF Program Income for a total of $344.2 million.
- Revenue Replacement - $96.5 Million
- COVID-19 Response - $50.1 Million
- One-Time Capital Investments - $45.8 Million
- Utility Assistance - $30 Million
- Small Business - $32.5 Million*
- Mental Health - $27.2 Million
- Housing - $10 Million
- Employee Retention - $9.5 Million
- Youth - $10.4 Million
- Domestic Violence - $8.8 Million
- Arts - $5 Million
- Seniors - $5.4 Million
- Non-Profit Social Services - $4.3 Million*
- Digital Access/ Literacy - $8.7 Million*
*This includes $14.9 million from City funds, which consists of $4.7 million for Small Business, $1.5 million for Non-Profit Social Services, and $8.7 million for Digital Access/ Literacy.
What can ARPA SLFRF funds be used for?
Eligible uses include:
Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss
Use funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.
Support Public Health Response
Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
Address Negative Economic Impacts
Respond to economic harms to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector. Allows premium pay for essential workers.
Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure
Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand broadband access.
Other ARPA Funds - $213.8 Million
- Emergency Housing Assistance - $65.2 Million
- Airport - $42.5 Million
- Health Disparities - $26.6 Million
- Public Health Infrastructure - $25.5 Million
- HOME Investments Partnership Program - $20.0 Million
- Child Care & Head Start - $21.5 Million
- Other - $10.1 Million
- SLFRF Program Income - $2.4 Million
What can other ARPA funds be used for?
Eligible uses vary by grant and include:
Financial aid for renters and homeowners with emergency rental assistance, and resources for homeowners and renters.
Support to the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Stinson Airport for operations, relief to the SAT terminal concessionaires, and capital improvement projects.
Support to communities with pre-existing health disparities to address public health and economic challenges.
Child Care and Development & Head Start
Assistance to improve the quality of early care, educational programs and comprehensive social services to children and their families.
Public Health Infrastructure
Provides funds to reinforce and expand the public health workforce and to strengthen foundational capabilities to support a strong core infrastructure needed to protect health and provide fair opportunities for all.
Provides staffing support to aid in the response to public health outbreaks, health education and training, and a supplement to the City’s Older Adults Device Lending Program.