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The U.S. House of Representatives on March 10, 2021, passed the Senate-amended H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The ARP provides $1.9 trillion in additional relief to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows the enactment of nearly $4 trillion in COVID relief in 2020. President Joe Biden called for Congress to enact the ARP to provide relief for individuals and business struggling due to COVID-19, as well as to achieve other priorities of the Biden Administration and Congress. ARP includes provisions on aid to state and local governments, hard-hit industries and communities, tax changes affecting individuals and business, and other provisions.


In the early fall of 2021, the state of Vermont will distribute $315,232.07 in ARPA funds to Guilford. Following that, in the early fall of 2022, the state of Vermont will distribute $315,232.06; for a two-year total of $630,464.13. These funds will be distributed in a variety of ways, determined by the Selectboard. The Selectboard intends to invest a significant portion of the ARPA funds in the community through grant awards. All funds must be distributed by the end of 2026.


Grants may be awarded to Guilford individuals, businesses, and organizations.


ARPA legislation includes four broad criteria outlining eligible uses. Successful grant award recipients will:

  • Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality; and/or
  • Respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers; and/or
  • Provide for government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and/or
  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.


A timeline for the entire award process will be published shortly after the September 27th Selectboard meeting.

Grants will be evaluated, scored, and awarded by the Selectboard. A set of evaluation criteria will be made public shortly after the September 27th Selectboard meeting.

Additional details and questions about ARPA funds, who may receive and how to apply for them, follow.


The grant application and evaluation criteria may be found here.

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