American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. The American Recovery Plan Act includes $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

The City of York’s allocation is $35.3 million. Funds can be used to cover eligible costs incurred between March 3, 2021, and Dec 31, 2024. Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and expended by December 31, 2026. A percentage of funds will be utilized to financially stabilize the City of York from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Keep in mind that $35.3 million needs to make lasting change in York City. The list of potential priorities that are included in the survey was issued to us by the federal government, but we cannot afford to do everything that has been determined as an acceptable expense. We must make choices. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve our community. We must support long-term impacts” says Mayor Michael Helfrich.

American Rescue Plan Act Survey Results

The City of York gathered input from citizens to assist in planning for spending its American Rescue Plan Act funding. The survey included 22 questions and over 850 responses.

The Priorities in Order of Community Responses Are:

  • Public Safety
  • Healthy Communities and Neighborhoods
  • Economic Impact
  • Educational Disparities
  • Healthcare
  • Broadband Infrastructure

These priorities serve as the basis for the projects submitted to the City for funding.

Interested in seeing the public City of York American Rescue Plan Act survey responses? Click the button below.

View Survey Responses

Mandatory Application Meeting

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
City Council Chambers
6 PM

Event will also be live streamed from the City of York Facebook Page

Question and Answer Period

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
City Council Chambers
12:00 PM | 6:00 PM

Event will also be live streamed from the City of York Facebook Page

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for funding?

To apply for funding, you must attend a required training meeting. For an application, please contact Melanie Baldwin at

What happens if I miss the meeting?

Please contact to schedule a private appointment. A training is required to be able to participate in the ARPA nonprofits or businesses.

Is my nonprofit eligible?

Yes. Nonprofits are eligible to apply for funding. Priority will be given to York City based nonprofit organization, if you serve York City residents you are eligible.

Is my business eligible?

Yes. Grassroots and businesses are eligible if they have programs within the priority guidelines.

For questions, please reach out to Melanie Baldwin –

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