Sacramento County's Share of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Sacramento County will receive a total of $301.4 million in two installments, with 50% ($150 million​) provided beginning in May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later. 

The County may use the funds to: ​

  • Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Serve low income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers​
  • Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure​

Within these categories, fund recipients have broad flexibility to decide h​ow to best use this funding to meet needs.​ 

​Phase One ARPA Allocation Funding: The First $150 Million​

The Board of Supervisors, at its Nov. 2 meeting, approved the County Executive's proposal for how the County should spend the first $150 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The County Executive's recommendation for the following priority areas:

  • Homelessness and Housing: $59 million (39% of allocation)
  • Health: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)
  • Economic Response: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)

In addition to the County Executive's recommendations, the Board of Supervisors authorized premium pay for eligible workers employed by Sacramento County who have performed essential work since the start of the public health emergency. The Essential Workers premium pay will cost $11.4 million, or 8% of the County's ARPA allocation.

Additionally, the Board approved at its Sept. 28 meeting a $5 million allocation for each of the five supervisorial districts, which accounts for $25 million or 17% of the Phase One ARPA funding.

Finally, in order to minimize risk to the County, ensure a centralized grant management process, and track and assure program and fiscal integrity—with no impact to the County's General Fund—$15 million, or 10% of funding will be set aside for program administration.

Examples of the types of investments in each of the categories:

  • Housing and Homelessness: Affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, rental assistance, outreach and support services for people experiencing homelessness, sanctioned encampments and community safety.
  • Health: COVID mitigation efforts, mental health services and programs, substance abuse treatment programs and services, meals for homebound seniors and access to healthcare for hardest-hit communities.
  • Economic Response: Direct assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations in the unincorporated County, funding to Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to support businesses countywide, and grants to chambers of commerce and Property and Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs).​

Staff will develop recommended projects within each of the priority areas and, based on projects approved by the Board, will announce a launch of a solicitation of proposals for any external use of funds at a later date. The process will follow County guidelines with stipulations in place for necessary documentation tracked for reimbursement purposes in compliance with US Treasury Guidelines.

The proposal was the result of feedback from residents, business and community organizations who provided input in a Community Needs Survey regarding the most important issues in Sacramento County related to recovering from the COVID pandemic. Concurrently, County departments were surveyed to identify specific ARPA-related project requests.

Community Needs Survey

Residents, business and community organizations provided feedback on community needs that have developed as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Community Needs Survey, which was open from June 15-30. 

The feedback was aggregated and provided to both County Leaders and the Board of Supervisors at its July 27, 2021 meeting. The Board approved the priorities to plan the use of funds provided to the County through the America n Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).​

​*Click here to view video of the June 17 American Rescue Plan/Community Needs Survey Presentation

Community Needs Survey Results

​​View the Deloitte PowerPoint Presentation about Survey Results Here​

The Board approved the following priority list at its July 27, 2021 Board meeting:

  1. Housing
  2. Homelessness
  3. Health
  4. Economic Response
  5. Essential Workers
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Education
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Process for Determining Use of State and Local Fiscal ​Recovery Funds 

June 15 – June 30: Public shared opinions about priorities for State and Local Recovery Funds spending via a Community Needs Survey. County departments were also surveyed to define priority investment areas to address County needs related to the COVID-19 impact and recovery.​ 

June 17, 4 p.m.: Community Meeting about the American Rescue Plan and the Community Needs Survey.

July 6-9: Results from the Community Needs Survey were compiled. The Needs Survey results were used to identify the priorities, and the Board of Supervisors provided further direction for use of funds. 

Summer/Fall 2021: Once priorities and Board guidance is set, the County Leadership will develop a comprehensive plan for use of the funds. This will include​ an open competitive process, where the County will launch a solicitation of proposals for any external​ use of funds. The process will follow​ County guidelines with stipulations in place for necessary documentation tracked for reimbursement purposes in compliance with U.S. Treasury Guidelines. 

The County will regularly report out the use of the funds on this website and to the Board of Supervisors​. ​

About the American Rescue Plan​​

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden's American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts. 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID—19 pandemic. 

The distribution of the $362 billion is allocated as follows: 

  • States Fiscal Recovery Fund ($219.8 billion)
    • States and District of Columbia: $195.3 billion
    • U.S. Territories: $4.5 billion
    • Tribal Governments: $20 billion
  • Local Fiscal Recovery Fund ($130.2 billion)
    • $65.1 billion in direct federal aid to all counties
    • $65.1 billion to cities and other non-county municipalities
  • Coronavirus Capital Projects ($10 billion)
  • Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund ($2 billion) 

Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 24, 2024. 


​Federal Guidance​ About the Use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund 



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