American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021.

Of the $1.9 trillion bill, $350 billion was allocated to state and local governments to enable them to address strategic economic and infrastructure investments and address governmental budget shortfalls.

The City of Scranton has been awarded a total of $68.7 million in ARPA funds to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts.

Scranton City Council approved ARPA funding to be made available as grants to community organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses that have faced economic hardship resulting from or exacerbated by the pandemic.

Grant Applications are Now Open | Apply Today!

Scranton’s ARPA Mission:

The mission of Scranton’s specific ARPA program is to give people access to resources, rebuild the infrastructure systems that impact their everyday lives, and foster real equitable wealth generation that targets the needs of Scranton residents. This mission statement is also accompanied by six guiding principles:

  1. Recovery: Use funds to equitably guide residents, businesses, nonprofits & local government out of the economic downturn and onto a path of financial recovery
  2. Response: Enhance city health & emergency response capabilities
  3. Alignment: Integrate ARPA Funds with ACT 47 Exit Plan goals, long-term financial and tax strategies, and comprehensive economic development planning 
  4. Sustainability: Avoid one-time items and programs that incur unsustainable operational, maintenance, or other long-term legacy costs
  5. Leverage: Tackle large infrastructure needs for a safer, healthier city
  6. Transparency: Accountability, communication, collaboration
Watch the September 2022 Small Business Grant Webinar

Click here to download the webinar presentation (PDF)

Obtaining ARPA Funds

Click on the images below to find out more information about Scranton’s ARPA Program and how it may benefit you.

The City of Scranton has allocated more than $15 million of its ARPA funding for stormwater mitigation and porous paving projects. Your information can help us address problem areas across the City.

Click here or on the banner above to participate in our stormwater and flooding survey.

Recent ARPA Award Announcements and News

  • White House officials join Scranton ARPA small business grant announcement 
    Senior White House officials brought their “Investing in America” tour to Scranton on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, to witness the City’s strategic use of federal funding and to award more than $540,000 to nine small businesses. Visiting officials included Senior Advisor and Assistant to the …
  • Public Meeting on Keyser Valley Stormwater Projects
    Residents of the Keyser Valley section of Scranton are invited to a community meeting on Wed., Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., at the Keyser Valley Community Center, 103 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton, to learn about planned improvements to stormwater infrastructure in their community.  “This is …
  • Scranton Dedicates New Novembrino Playground 
    Scranton Mayor Paige G. Cognetti was joined by Friends of the Poor and the family of late Scranton priest Monsignor Anthony C. Marra on Mon., Nov. 13, 2023, for the dedication of new playground equipment at Novembrino Park, 200 10th Ave., Scranton. Park improvements were …

Have questions about Scranton’s American Rescue Plan Act programs, including how to apply for grants?

Contact the City’s ARPA Communication and Information Manager, Chris Hughes, at chughes@scrantonpa.gov

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