State, local, territorial, and tribal government agencies are facing unprecedented strain in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and the Federal Government is working tirelessly on the necessary steps to supply these entities with critical funding. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides a substantial infusion of resources to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to help reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
ARPA funding builds a bridge toward economic improvement and provides vital support to communities in crisis. With these funds, jurisdictions will be able to strengthen their support for vital public services hampered by the public health crisis, including managing and processing FOIA requests. We’ll explore how to request ARPA resources, using these funds for public records software, and attaining valuable resources to persuade organizational decision-makers that ARPA funds should be used to address challenges with processing public records.