American Rescue Plan Funding

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The City of Missoula received a direct allocation of over $14 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to help fight the pandemic, maintain vital services, and invest in long-term growth.

Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) ARPA Budget: $7,096,498

  1. Housing
  2. Public Safety
  3. Equity in our Community
  4. City operations/ pandemic transition
  5. Health Department


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Additional Funding

Direct Allocation  $7,096,498

The City will budget the second half of our allocation for Fiscal Year 2023. Departments will be including their ARPA requests within their budget presentations to Council between June and August 2022. Find more information about the City's past budgets here, and tune into City Council meetings, and sign up for alerts.

Infrastructure and Public Works $13,018,234

The City of Missoula received a separate direct allocation specifically for water and sewer infrastructure projects.  This federal funding flows through the State and is administered by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MT DNRC). Our Public Works team is tasked with proposing projects to meet funding guidelines for our allocation and has also been awarded competitive ARPA Infrastructure grants.

  • $10,107,938 direct allocation – We have until the Fall of 2022 to submit projects for MT DNRC’s allocation deadline of January 1, 2023. To date, the following projects have been approved: City Water Main Replacement project ($3,446,407) and Caras Park Storm Water Upgrades ($359,013).
  • An additional $2,910,296 in competitive grants have been awarded to support the South Hills Storm Water project ($2 million) and the Grant Creek Realignment project ($910,296). Another round of MT DNRC competitive awards will be announced in Spring 2022. 

Housing and Urban Development Programs  $1,323,209

 As a Participating Jurisdiction of HUD’s HOME program, we receive approximately $300,000 annually for housing projects that assist low- to moderate-income Missoulians in securing safe and affordable homes. We’re required to submit an allocation plan for the one-time 1.3 million direct allocation of HOME ARP funds. 

City staff are working to identify community priorities for these funds within their allowable spending categories through community outreach and engagement efforts. Initial feedback has identified the following priorities: 

  • production and preservation of affordable housing
  • purchase and development of non-congregate Shelter
  • supportive services

Allowed Uses

Treasury intended ARPA funding to help: 

  • Support public health and COVID-19 mitigation efforts
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic
  • Build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, by allowing funding to be used for “the provision of government services”

ARPA guidelines give cities and counties the flexibility to both respond to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic and utilize once in a lifetime funding for strategic investments.    


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