ARPA Funds Survey

How Should the Town of Portsmouth Utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds?

Members of the Public Have an Opportunity to Take a Survey to Give Their Opinions. 

The Town is asking Portsmouth residents, businesses, and stakeholders to share their ideas and priorities for the Town’s utilization of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.   Please read the general descriptions of ARPA and the Town’s distributions that are provided below and then click on the link at the end of the page to take an on-line survey where participants will be asked to prioritize ARPA spending options.

The survey is available through October 31, 2021.

ARPA General Description:

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law last spring.  ARPA will provide COVID relief funds to state and municipal governments which are meant to help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, address the negative economic consequences of the pandemic, and provide resources to help economic and social recovery from the pandemic.

Portsmouth has been allocated $1,803,021 in municipal funds and $3,345,949 in state distributions based on our population in Newport County, for a total of $5,148,969.  We have received $2,574,485 to date.  The remaining half will be received next year.

The period for the expenditure of ARPA funds is from March 3, 2021 through December 31, 2024.  Costs committed by December 31, 2024 must be expended by December 31, 2026.

The broad goals of ARPA are to 1) meet immediate COVID-19 related health, economic and social challenges, 2) address long-term infrastructure and economic needs, and 3) confront any inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued guidelines on how ARPA funds can, and cannot, be spent.  These guidelines can be found via the following URLs:

These funds can be utilized:

  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
  • To address negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19.
  • For the provision of government services to the extent of reduction in revenue due to the pandemic.
  • To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Town Council has already allocated a portion of these funds for public safety and for Audio/Visual upgrades to the council chamber.  Through the end of October, we will solicit public input on how the remaining funds of approximately $4.5M should be spent based on the ARPA goals.  Survey results will be briefed to the Town Council in November.

Link to survey: