The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, has provided just over $57 million to Cumberland County to “help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.” The County is using a community-driven, data-informed process to ensure the effective, efficient, and equitable distribution of this federal funding.
Cumberland County has launched a second public participatory process to receive input on the allocation of remaining American Rescue Plan funds. This will include a sequence of participatory activities to engage stakeholders within the County on American Rescue Plan funding. Survey #2 has been released (see link below). Additional steps in the participatory process include Cumberland County’s public comment portal via our website, Data Collection from CDBG, HOME ARPA & Public Health Outreach events, and continued meetings with issue specialists and the State of Maine.
The public process to allocate the second round of funds is now underway. Please see our public survey below.
SECOND TRANCHE FUNDING TIMELINE (Subject to Change)
- August – September 2022: Public participatory process to take place.
- September- October 2022: Regional needs report presented to County Commissioners. Discussions will be held regarding the path Commissioners would like to take regarding regional plans and immediate/emergency needs. At this time Commissioners will instruct County staff on how to move forward with short and medium-term regional plans.
- November -December 2022: Goals for Tranche 2 will be drafted and outlined on Cumberland County’s Website.
- TBD: Launch Action Plan for Tranche 2