Serving Nonprofits. Strengthening West Virginia.

ARPA – West Virginia

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is an opportunity for West Virginia to put the wellbeing of communities first. Our communities need help and nonprofits have been the bedrock of connecting with and uplifting West Virginia Communities, especially during times of crisis and recovery.

As part of the $1.9 trillion ARPA economic stimulus package, which became effective on March 1, 2021, Congress declared that:

“State, Local, Tribal, and territorial governments may use their allocations of the $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to provide ‘assistance to households, small businesses, AND NONPROFITS, or to aid impacted industries.”
–H.R. 1319, The American Rescue Plan Act, Sec.602(c)(1)(A), page 223

Eligible uses (for nonprofits)*:
Responding to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, including assistance (grants) to nonprofits;
Supporting public health responses, such as vaccination, medical care, testing, contract tracing, isolation and quarantine, capital investments such as physical plant improvements;
Supporting recovery programs, such as mental health services, crisis intervention, substance use treatment, housing, etc.;
Providing payroll and benefits for public health and public safety workers, including retroactive pay.

*The list of eligible uses is not exhaustive, so it is recommended that projects or programs specifically mention “recovery” in the stated goal or impact.

During the COVID crisis, we have seen that nonprofits are vital to providing both relief and recovery to our communities. Nonprofits are providing increased food assistance, mental health supports, childcare, and housing. They are training and placing people in jobs, educating children and adults, and caring for animals and our environment. Arts and cultural organizations are poised to revitalize our main streets and inspire communities. Nonprofits have responded to new needs but are feeling the strain of doing more with less, working long hours with fewer volunteers, and spending down limited reserves.

Let’s work together to ensure that nonprofits can continue their vital contributions to our recovery.

ARPA Resources

ARPA Overview

Nonprofit ARPA Toolbox

Informational Sessions

ARPA Messaging

Principles for ARPA Funding

Federal ARPA Grants

Treasury Department Resources

State-by-State Resources

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