ARPA funds

The American Rescue Plan Act is the federal plan to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Battle Creek is set to receive a total of $30.5 million. We have received half of this, with the rest scheduled for release to us in 2022.

The way we spend this money must meet specific federal requirements. As of August 2021, this was still an interim rule, so we are awaiting any potential changes in a final rule. At this time, we are allowed to use ARPA funds in four ways:

  • Negative economic impact
  • Premium pay for eligible workers
  • Government services lost revenue
  • Water, sewer, and broadband

We held a series of town hall talks from October to December; you can watch the virtual town hall and the talk live interpreted in Burmese, both below. The City Commission will hold a workshop on Dec. 14 to discuss these conversations.

Community requests & information

Did you attend an ARPA town hall talk? 

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Recommended project table

Full recommended project list, including cost estimates and video links to tell you more. (This is also linked in the column on the left side of this page.)

Virtual town hall talk - get the info if you cannot attend in person

Burmese live interpretation at Nov. 10 town hall


Presentations & other documents

City Commission ARPA workshop - Aug. 31, 2021