Public relief fund website launched – Newstalk KZRG
Governor Mike Parson announces the launch of a public website to help guide those accessing Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The American Rescue Plan Act was created to mitigate the negative impacts caused by COVID-19. Missouri received approximately $2.7 billion in state fiscal stimulus funds for COVID relief efforts, this was signed into law on March 11, 2021.
Under this law, there are several categories in which expenditures are permitted under federal regulations for ARPA state and local tax recovery funds. Categories eligible to receive these funds include:
Within these categories, it is up to each state to decide how they believe the money should be distributed for the needs of their communities. The new website will allow visitors to see how relief funds are distributed in Missouri and details on how businesses and organizations can apply for funds.
Mike Parson commented, saying, “We are excited to announce the launch of a public website to help guide access to Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
We want to use this historic funding to make responsible investments that best serve the people of Missouri…We owe it to the people of Missouri to be transparent in our spending efforts and to ensure that these funds are used in the most effective as possible.