What is ARPA?

The Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), delivered $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded $326.9 million of SLFRF to the City of San Antonio, and funds were dispersed over two years (May 2021 and June 2022). These funds must be obligated by December 2024 and spent by December 2026. Additionally, the City has been awarded funding through other ARPA grants.

ARPA - $564.8 Million

The illustration below provides a high-level summary of ARPA funds awarded to the City of San Antonio through January 2024.


($326.9 Million)


($223 Million)


($14.9 Million)

SLFRF & City Funds - $346.9 Million*

The SLFRF allocation of $326.9 million was augmented by $14.9 million from City Funds and $5.1M from SLFRF Interest Earnings for a total of $346.9 million.

  • Revenue Replacement - $96.1 Million
  • COVID-19 Response - $22.1 Million
  • Emergency Response - $29.7 Million
  • Infrastructure - $45.8 Million
  • Utility Assistance - $30 Million
  • Small Business - $33.9 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 Connectivity - $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 Connectivity.

What can ARPA SLFRF funds be used for?

Eligible uses include:

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Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss

Use funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.

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Support Public Health Response

Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.

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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.

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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 - $223 Million

  • Emergency Housing Assistance - $68.2 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 - $21.3 Million
  • Other - $10.6 Million
  • SLFRF Interest Earnings - $8.3 Million

What can other ARPA funds be used for?

Eligible uses vary by grant and include:

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Housing Assistance

Financial aid for renters and homeowners with emergency rental assistance, and resources for homeowners and renters.

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Support to the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Stinson Airport for operations, relief to the SAT terminal concessionaires, and capital improvement projects.

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Health Disparities

Support to communities with pre-existing health disparities to address public health and economic challenges.

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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.

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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.

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Other Support

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.