American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Message from Mayor Craig A. Moe

On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. These funds will be used to improve the quality of life for Laurel residents, to provide for immediate community recovery needs, and to create a long-term investment for Laurel's future.

The U.S. Treasury has allocated $21.4 million to the City of Laurel. The City expects to receive up to 50% (approximately $10 million) of these funds in the coming weeks and the remaining balance approximately 12 months later. I am taking the necessary steps to get this much-needed funding out into the community and to ensure that the City acts responsibly and equitably in expending these funds.

The Mayor and City Council intend to provide various options for public input opportunities to ensure all community voices are heard. As additional opportunities are scheduled, they will be promoted through City platforms and on this webpage.

About the Program

The City of Laurel's American Rescue Plan Act Grant provides financial support for specific projects and programs to for-profit and non-profit organizations that were impacted by COVID-19. Funds to support this program are provided locally through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The U.S. Treasury has defined the following funding objectives.

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;
  • Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs;
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic.

Applications will be accepted during specific 'Open-Enrollment Application Periods'. Submission of an incomplete or inaccurate application may result in ineligibility. Please read the Final Rule (PDF), grant terms, and how to apply before starting and submitting your application. Only one application per for-profit and the non-profit organizational entity may be accepted.

How to Apply

  1. Please read the Final Rule (PDF) thoroughly before beginning your application.
  2. The application may not be updated after submission. Please make sure your application is correct and complete before submitting it.
  3. Only one application may be submitted per for-profit and non-profit organizational entity. No individual, family, or in-home business applications will be accepted. View Other Individual Programs for individual or family support.
  4. Submission of an incomplete and/or inaccurate, the application may disqualify a for-profit and non-profit organization from being awarded funding. Please check your application for completeness and accuracy before submitting it.
  5. Review the application deadlines below.
  6. Applications must be submitted through the online application portal below.
  7. If assistance is needed with the application, please email the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to the City of Laurel.

Eligibility Criteria

In order for a business / organization to be eligible it must demonstrate a negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, or present and project/program which would directly address the pandemic's impact. In addition to these criteria, all businesses/organizations must meet the following:

  • Located within the City of Laurel boundaries
  • The business must have a current and valid City of Laurel Use and Occupancy permit
  • The business must either own its own property or space, or have a current signed 3-year lease that is valid until November 1, 2024, or later if using funds for renovations and/or lease payments
  • The business must be in good standing with the State of Maryland
  • The business, all business owners, and the property owner must be current on all City, County, State, and Federal tax payments
  • The Applicant cannot be engaged in any illegal activity
  • The current location of the business must be on a property in any of the following zones:
    • C-N - Commercial Neighborhood
    • C-C - Commercial Community
    • C-G - Commercial General
    • C-SH - Commercial Shopping Center
    • C-V - Commercial Village
    • C-VAC - Commercial Village Activity Center
    • O-B - Office Building
    • O-B-E - Office Building
    • I-CS - Industrial Commercial Services
    • I-G - Industrial General
    • I-RTP - Industrial Research and Technology Park

Open-Enrollment Application Period

The Open-Enrollment Application Period is currently closed. Please email American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for questions about open enrollment.