American Rescue Plan
In collaboration with Metro Council community partners, and Louisville residents, Mayor Greg Fischer’s Administration is working to prioritize spending of the $388 million that the city is receiving through the federal American Rescue Plan.
Louisville Metro Government’s plans for the American Rescue Plan funds will lean on the work of its Build Back Better, Together (B3T) initiative, created in 2020 as the city’s framework for creating an equitable recovery from the pandemic; as well as the Mayor’s plan for Advancing Racial Equity; A Path Forward, presented by community leaders; and ideas from Metro Council.
“We have the opportunity to take ideas we once reserved for some day and turn them into reality now.” — MAYOR GREG FISCHER, June 10, 2021
What’s already planned?
In June, the Mayor outlined — and Council later approved — spending $38.9 million of the $388 million the city is receiving from the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) – with the initial spending focused on the immediate and urgent challenges of:
- COVID-19 related health needs
- The housing, food, and utility instability experienced by vulnerable residents
- Economic recovery, with a focus on the city’s downtown economic core
What can — and can’t — the American Rescue Plan funding be used for?
On May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. See the U.S. Department of Treasury's facts sheets, references and other information.
What are the priorities?
In August, Mayor Fischer joined Metro Council Budget Chair Bill Hollander and Vice Chair Kevin Kramer to outline proposed priorities for spending the remaining share of federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding. It was subsequently approved by Metro Council.
First, Homelessness and Affordable Housing. “These are challenges faced by cities across the nation, and addressing them is a priority for us,” the Mayor said. “We recommend using a good amount of the ARP funding to significantly reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness. That includes transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and other forms of affordable housing, particularly directed at Louisville’s lowest-income residents and those suffering from mental health and substance use disorder, who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
Second, Workforce Development and Small Business Support. “Our city is rebounding nicely from the pandemic recession, and we know that for us to competitively reposition for a digital economy and the job openings in our community, we must further invest in our workforce,” the Mayor said. “And, to truly realize our full potential as a city, we must create an economic ecosystem that builds, supports and encourages Black and Brown businesses and business owners, workers and communities. Broadband and small business support are also essential factors in this strategy.”
Third, Healthy Louisville/Healthy Neighborhoods. “We want to not just survive this pandemic, we want to learn from it. In addition to preventing further spread of COVID and mitigating its impact, we want to seize this opportunity to more quickly realize our goal of becoming a healthier city,” the Mayor said. “That means improving access to healthcare and childcare, including mental health/substance abuse/suicide prevention, and promoting and supporting healthier living environments in communities most critically impacted by the virus.”
Fourth, Public Safety. “This priority area will build on the work we are already doing to reduce violence and increase safety in every neighborhood,” the Mayor said. “It will include recommended investments in violence prevention and intervention and new policing technology and deflection and diversion programs, because as we’ve said, some situations should involve a social service response, rather than solely law enforcement, particularly when dealing with people struggling with homelessness, mental health challenges or substance use.”
Are there funding opportunities?
The Louisville Accelerator Team recently completed the Phase I review process that prioritized $30 million in projects focused on immediate needs. Those projects constitute less than 10% of our overall ARP funding. To allocate the remaining funds, we will be soliciting a more comprehensive call for projects in the coming months.
In conjunction with Metro Council, we are working on the overall strategy and processes to select the next round of funded projects. Once our strategy and processes are finalized, we will publicly provide information for how to apply for funding.
I have ideas. How can I share them?
Mayor Fischer said he will collaborate closely with Council and seek ideas from the public.
Using the form below, residents are urged to provide their ideas for how the remaining ARP funds should be used. “These are your taxpayer dollars, and in less than five minutes you can share how you think they should be spent,” the Mayor said.
The Council is also holding public hearings starting July 17. Learn more.