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What is ARPA?

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was passed by Congress in March 2021 to aid in the economic recovery and emergency response to COVID-19. As part of ARPA, the City of Greenbelt received $22.88 million to benefit the City, its residents, and its businesses for the loss of money due to COVID-19. Monies received have been spread out over 5 categories of projects.

$22.88m Received

The City of Greenbelt received two payments of $11.4m; the first in June, 2022 and the second in July, 2022.

60 Projects Selected

After gathering input from residents, businesses, and staff Council allotted monies to projects across the city.

95.6% Encumbered

ARPA funds must be encumbered or obligated by December 31, 2024. Unspent funds are returned.

3 Project Completed

All ARPA funds must be fully spent by December 31, 2026. Spent covers any expenses used for projects or programs.
ARPA Funds Encumbered
ARPA Funds Remaining
Total ARPA Funds
ARPA Projects Completed
City of Greenbelt

Assistance Fund Program

Greenbelt City Council created an assistance fund program to better serve those residents who were most affected by COVID-19. This fund provides relief for rental, mortgage, and business assistance. $3,000,000 has been allotted to rental & utility assistance in total (see below), $500,000 has been allotted to mortgage & HOA fees, and $400,000 to businesses.

On August 8, 2022 Council approved an additional $1.5M in monies for rental assistance, bringing the total amount of funds allotted to $3,000,000.

June 9, 2023, Update:
The City of Greenbelt and Greenbelt CARES has been happy to have been able to support so many residents facing financial difficulties. Unfortunately, the funds for the Rental and Utility Assistance program are reaching depletion.

CARES is processing applications that have been submitted. CARES will not be accepting any new applications for assistance at this time.  

For a list of other County Resources for Assistance, please visit our Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program page.

Rental & Utility Assistance

In total assistance
out of $3,000,000 allotted
Greenbelt homes were assisted

Mortgage & HOA

In total assistance
out of $500,000 allotted
Greenbelt homes were assisted

Business Improvement Fund

In total assistance
out of $400,000 allotted
Greenbelt small businesses were assisted
Last Updated: August 7, 2023

How did we get here?

City Council has worked diligently to prioritize and choose projects to fund with ARPA money. These projects were created through engagement between City Council, City staff, residents, small businesses, and the Greenbelt community.

Through careful and meaningful discussions during work sessions, Council and staff were able to create meaningful projects that will impact the City in the short-term for those most affected by the pandemic and long-term for the prosperity of Greenbelt. See how it all came to fruition with the ARPA project spreadsheet.
project spreadsheet

Investment Framework

To being prioritizing funding options, Greenbelt City Council first approved an investment framework for how ARPA funds should be spent. This framework included three important components.

Guiding Principles represented the values and philosophy of Greenbelt, serving as guardrails for decision-making and ensuring that the City was strategic in its investment of ARPA funds.

Funding Priorities were created to ensure projects were aligned with community needs and priorities.

Evaluation Methodology included proposals by a variety of sources: staff, residents, businesses, and organizations. These proposals were then scored and ranked by City Council in work sessions to ensure the most important projects were funded.

Engagement Plan

By engaging with the community throughout the process, City Council was able gather input from residents, small businesses, non-profits, and City staff. This input was further maximized via communications between internal and external stakeholders within the City and thus identify what was most important to the City at large.

With the City of Greenbelt identifying the importance of providing a wide range of community engagement opportunities, City Council was able to hear perspectives from stakeholders throughout the City, understanding the impacts of COVID-19. This understanding lead to prioritizing areas of investment and the creation of ARPA projects and the direct engagement of City stakeholders.

Project Governance

Throughout the ARPA Spending Plan process, City Council has sought the input of the entire Greenbelt community so as to fund projects that would be serve its needs. With Council finalizing allocation decisions for the use of ARPA funds, City staff lead by the ARPA project team is now tasked with managing the administrative process related to this ARPA Spending Plan. Staff has provided its expertise and recommendations to City Council and the City during project proposals and each department within the City will be tasked to lead projects based upon that expertise.

Finally, ARPA projects begin

By December 31, 2024 all ARPA funds must be encumbered in projects. That is, of the $22.88 million Greenbelt received from the federal government, the entirety of federal monies must be assigned to and tied-up in projects for the City of Greenbelt to directly address the needs created by the impacts of COVID-19.

By December 31, 2026 all ARPA funds must be fully spent and projects completed.

This website has been created with the intention of providing the City of Greenbelt with up-to-date information on the ARPA spending plan, its projects, and the staff leading them. Each project will have its information updated in real-time along with pictures, data, and prject updates.
Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff

Samantha Vohnhale

Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector

Wilson Tomales

Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic

Tammy Georgeon

Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors

Emily Camphon

Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet 

Cassie Shamath


Working hard to support Greenbelt residents, community, and small businesses

Every department within the City of Greenbelt is working hard to ensure that ARPA funds are spent wisely, efficiently, and in a timely manner.
City staff recognizes the importance of these funds and the impact that they will have on the City of Greenbelt. These impacts will make a difference for every resident, business, and community within the City and staff strives to make each project as impactful to Greenbelt as Greenbelt is on them.
We are all Greenbelt.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a project spreadsheet available?

Yes. An ARPA projects spreadsheet is available under ABOUT, in the projects or categories pages, or can be accessed by clicking here.

What is ARPA?

American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act, ARPA, was passed by Congress in March 2021 to aid in the economic recovery and emergency response to COVID-19. This bill passed $1.9 trillion from the federal government to states, counties, and cities as stimulus money to be used on projects to recover from the direct effects caused by COVID-19.

The City of Greenbelt received $22.88 million in aid, directly helping the residents, the community, and small businesses. This money must be spent in its entirety, and projects must be completed, by December 31, 2026.

What are the eligible uses for funding?

Eligible Uses

Municipalities were granted flexible use to spend their ARPA funds. However, funding must be spent under the umbrella of of the following:

- Premium pay to essential workers.
Premium pay is pay that is offered as compensation to employees who worked during COVID-19

- Government services directly related to the loss of revenue due to the pandemic.
Government services are calculated by municipalities using a formula provided by the US Treasury for revenue loss caused by the pandemic. This includes a permitted spending allowance of up to $10 million towards government services.

- Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
Funding for these infrastructure projects allow for improving water standards within the City, offering or expanding access to broadband internet, a range of sewer projects based on the EPA's projects, or providing high-speed internet for those in the most need who are currently without access or who cannot afford it.

- Response to the public health and economic hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Funding for these projects are aligned to assist cities and its residents most affected by the pandemic. Included in these projects are services and programs for mental and physical health impacts, funds for direct assistance for medical expenses, projects directly related to households and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, small business and nonprofit assistance, rental and mortgage assistance, and sectors of industry impacted by COVID-19 such as tourism and hospitality services.

Why isn't Greenbelt putting money aside as a 'rainy day' fund?

ARPA Deadlines

Due to the nature of the American Rescue Plan Act, monies were granted to the City to directly respond to the losses and impacts of COVID-19. As a result, deadlines were set in place to ensure that the funds be spent wisely, efficiently, and in a timely manner. All Greenbelt ARPA funds must be encumbered for projects and services by December 31, 2024 and spent, with projects completed, by December 31, 2026. Any remaining funding after these deadlines would need to be sent back to the Treasury and would be unaccessible to the City or its residents.

I have other questions regarding ARPA.

Questions or comments?

If you have any questions regarding the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, or the City's use of ARPA funding, please email us at