Investment & Support Efforts

Rise logo including an image of food, an individual on a computer and small businesses in White Bear Lake.

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.

Background

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.