Investment & Support Efforts
Ramsey County will receive a total of $108 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Following the Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (RISE) work that began in 2020 with a $96 million federal allocation in CARES funding, ARPA funds will be invested to continue supporting individuals, families and the economy as we combat and recover from COVID-19.
ARPA funds give Ramsey County an opportunity to direct major investments to bold, long-term initiatives that will bring lasting results. At the same time, these funds will continue to support people in crisis and address immediate needs in the community, as well as support county operations whose budgets have been stretched thin by the challenges of service delivery during a pandemic.
Learn more about how Ramsey County is investing ARPA funds to support our community and organization.
- State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds 2021 Report
- ARPA contracting opportunities
- Proposed 2022-2023 budget sustains and scales investments in transformative change (August 24, 2021)
- Updates on four critical topics before the County Board see section on 'Housing Stability' (August 17, 2021)
- Evaluation of CARES funding provides guide for our use of American Rescue Plan funds (April 21, 2021)
- Local Help from American Recovery Plan will come in many forms (March 16, 2021)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs and investments
Ramsey County received $96 million from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
In 2020, $72 million of these funds were rapidly invested in our community through the Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (RISE) program, which included three primary categories:
- Home and help: housing, food and financial assistance for struggling individuals and families.
- Employment support: resources for those who have lost their jobs or need help with employment.
- Small business: support for small businesses to stay open and adapt.
The remaining $24 million was used to cover emergency expenses including public safety, direct care, public health and many other areas to meet the needs of the community.