Budget Brief 21-17
March 19, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP; P.L. 117-2) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. It is the sixth COVID-19 relief bill enacted and provides approximately $1.9 trillion in assistance. It includes fiscal relief funding for state and local governments plus additional funding in numerous grant programs. This brief supplements information in Budget Brief 21-15 (which focused on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds) and Budget Brief 21-16 (which accompanied state estimates for several grant programs totaling more than $600 billion in federal funding). It describes the provisions in the legislation relevant to states. Table 1 provides total funding in the ARP for the programs described here. In addition, many of the programs are included in FFIS’s state estimates spreadsheet, which is updated continually and available here.