American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

What is the American Rescue Plan Act?

ARPA delivered $121,178,058 in federal funding to the City of Lexington to aid in economic recovery to ensure growth and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about ARPA, visit the US Department of Treasury.

ARPA projects by Council District

ARPA project map

ARPA approved projects list

Community engagement

The community survey and project proposal form are now closed. Below you can find the results and data gathered during the survey.

ARPA framework

ARPA survey data

ARPA resident priorities data

ARPA community proposal results

Category breakdown

This document has each proposal separated into the 11 categories listed in the raw data. These categories include Parks, Infrastructure, Capital Investment, Environment, Social Services, City Services, Grants to Outside Agencies, Arts, Worker Bonuses, Economic Recovery and Housing. Each category has its own tab at the bottom of the document. This is just for reference and to help councilmembers and the community sort through the information.

View category breakdown

ARPA Investments in parks and greenspace

Our approach

Priorities and principles

  • Highest priority
    • Projects that have a direct impact on vulnerable populations and those impacted the most by the pandemic
  • Budget-related principles
    • One-time projects that entail no ongoing costs
    • Projects that produce savings or increased revenue in the future
  • Additional principles
    • Projects that lead to economic opportunity
    • Projects that make an impact on our physical infrastructure
    • Projects that made an impact on our social infrastructure

Commitment to transparency

The council and administration are committed to full transparency with the use of all funds and to ensuring equitable fund distribution across the city and its populations.

Funding categories and types of allowable projects

  • Community health, wellness and quality of life
  • Critical city services, employee retention and facilities
  • Economic recovery and growth
  • Equity-focused services and partnerships
  • Growing successful neighborhoods
  • Harm prevention and public safety


To provide maximum transparency and continual real-time information, the LFUCG will be uploading all required reports to the American Rescue Plan Act to this page. These reports include project commitments, budgets, obligations and expenditures but most importantly, the criteria under which the projects are qualified and the populations impacted by funding.

Questions on reported information can be directed to


Title VI Training

Annual Title VI Languages Report 

ARPA dashboard

Total ARPA received $121.2 million

Total ARPA expected $121.2 million

Total ARPA budgeted $121.2 million

Total ARPA obligated $112.9 million

Total ARPA expensed $85.7 million

1. Public Health – $1,127,830

Eligible projects include services and programs to contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread and services to address behavioral healthcare needs exacerbated by the pandemic.

2. Negative economic impacts – $36,881,159

Eligible projects include those that address the negative impacts caused by the public health emergency, including assistance to workers; small business support. Eligible projects include those that address the negative impacts caused by the public health emergency, including assistance to workers; small business support; speeding the recovery of tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors; and rebuilding public sector and non-profit capacity. This category also includes programs and projects that support long-term housing security and promote strong, healthy communities.

3. Economic impact: public sector and health capacity – $6,000,000

Eligible projects include expenses for payroll, rehiring, enhanced service delivery, and administrative needs for public sector health, safety or human services workers.

4. Premium pay – $12,954,007

ARPA funding provides resources to local governments to recognize the heroic contributions of essential workers. Eligible workers include a broad range of essential workers who must be physically present at their job.

5. Infrastructure – $ -

Eligible projects include necessary improvements in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

6. Revenue replacement for general government – $ 62,643,001

Local governments facing budget shortfalls are permitted to use the funding to replace lost revenue for the purpose of providing governmental services. These services may include recreation, transportation, economic development and other general government services.

7. Administration – $1,572,061

Local governments are permitted to use the funding for administering ARPA funds, including costs of in-house staff or consultants to support effective oversight and ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and other requirements. A project contingency is also held in this Expenditure Category.

ARPA Quarterly Highlights

Spring 2024 ARPA Infographic