FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – More than $157 million in funding will soon be heading to more than 360 cities in Kentucky from the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as ARPA, to help them with some of the costs they incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding, which will arrive as soon as next week, is to offset expenses such as the costs of personal protective equipment, vaccination clinics, loss of revenue, payroll and more.
“Local governments have been important partners in our battle against COVID-19, and we know they have taken on great hardship and expenses to protect our people,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I’m relieved our eligible city governments will receive these funds because if we are to build a better Kentucky, we must ensure our communities are supported and positioned for growth.”
The Department for Local Government, or DLG, was tasked with distributing these funds to the over 360 non-entitlement cities, which are those with populations under 50,000 that did not file for a different distinction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They were required to submit budget certification forms to DLG, and Beshear says payments have been processed through Kentucky’s accounting system and are now being sent to the municipalities.
Each of the allocations were based on population in a formula developed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Eligible local governments will receive half of their total allocation now, with the second half of funding coming between spring and summer of next year.
To give an idea of how much money will be going to the communities, the lowest amount is $3,750 for the community of Sardis, located in Mason and Robertson counties, while the largest amount awarded is to the city of Richmond in Madison County, $9,363,180.70.
Metro government cities such as Louisville and Lexington were not part of this program.
The allocation amounts for all the cities can be seen here.