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County offices are closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is committed to using federal pandemic funding to ensure an equitable recovery for all residents and businesses. In mid-May, Baltimore County received $80.3 million, half of its allotted $160,706,923 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The remaining funds will be received by the County in the next fiscal year.

To help plan Baltimore County’s long-term economic recovery, including how to prioritize these federal funds, in March 2021, Olszewski formed an Economic Recovery Subcabinet to develop a holistic countywide plan that incorporates the needs of families, workers, and businesses. Comprised of department and programmatic leaders across County government, the Subcabinet has been tasked with information gathering, examining nationwide best practices, and hosting listening forums with community stakeholders to develop recommendations. In addition to prioritizing communities that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Subcabinet is focused on integrating a data-driven approach.

Eligible Uses

The American Rescue Plan provides $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. For detailed information on guidelines for use, fact sheets and other information, visit the U.S. Department of Treasury’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) page.

Funding Plans

In addition to hearing from the Economic Recovery Subcabinet, County Executive Olszewski wants to collaborate with residents and community partners to develop a spending plan that helps the County emerge from the pandemic even stronger than it was before.

In November 2021, Olszewski announced spending proposals for Baltimore County’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan, which advance a broad range of innovative, equity-focused efforts in addition to ongoing pandemic-response needs:

  • Approximately $60 million in funds are proposed to be utilized to ensure an equitable recovery for all residents and businesses based on previous public input and the work of the County’s Economic Recovery Subcabinet. Review the complete list of proposals
  • $80 million in funds will be utilized to support Baltimore County’s ongoing public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The County has reserved approximately $20 million in funds to be allocated based on future public input.

Public Input

To ensure community members will be able to share their feedback, ideas and priorities regarding the funding proposals, the Olszewski administration will host two virtual public input meetings. Both meetings will be livestreamed on Baltimore County Government's Facebook page. Residents may also join via Webex or by phone.

In order to testify during the input meetings, residents must send an email to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov including the following:

  • Name
  • Current Address
  • Organization or Business Name
  • The Baltimore County American Rescue Plan proposals that you would like to comment on

Note: Feedback on the proposals can also be submitted to townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov.

American Rescue Plan Act Community Survey

Baltimore County would like to hear from you on how to prioritize this funding. 

Take the Survey

 

Reporting

The County’s required annual Recovery Plan and Performance Report, detailing SLFRF spending from March 3 to July 31, 2021, was submitted to the U.S. Department of Treasury on August 27, 2021.

View Report

 

American Rescue Plan Proposals

ARP Priority Category: Recovery Grants

 

ARP Priority Category: Economic Revitalization

 

ARP Priority Category: Community Revitalization

 

ARP Priority Category: Health and Safety

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