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American Rescue
Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.7 trillion package providing direct and indirect assistance to people, business, tribal and local governments.

UPDATE: new guidance in Final Rule, Frequently Asked Questions.

FAQ 1.8 expressly states that governments may devote their allocations of federal money to charitable nonprofits in two important ways: nonprofits as recipients of relief (beneficiaries) and nonprofits as providers of relief to others: 

Nonprofit as the Recipient of Relief: a government "recipient can provide funds to an entity, including a nonprofit organization, for the purpose of directly benefitting the entity as a result of the entity experiencing a public health impact or negative economic impact of the pandemic. In this instance, these entities will be considered beneficiaries, not subrecipients, and will not be expected to comply with subrecipient reporting requirements. Beneficiary reporting requirements will apply." (Emphasis added.)


Nonprofit as Provider of Relief to Others: "the final rule clarified that recipients may transfer funds to any entity to carry out, as a subrecipient, an eligible activity on behalf of the SLFRF recipient (transferor), as long as they comply with the SLFRF Award Terms and Conditions and other applicable requirements. A transferee receiving a transfer from a recipient under sections 602(c)(3) and 603(c)(3) will be considered a subrecipient and will be expected to comply with all subrecipient reporting requirements." (Emphasis added.)


The U.S. Treasury issued the Final Rule regarding the use of ARPA funds.

The National Council of Nonprofits has provided an Analysis of Key Provisions Affecting Nonprofits and the People They Serve.

Advocating for Funding

To ensure an equitable distribution of ARPA funding, nonprofits need to demand each level of government be transparent with the decision making process.

When the pandemic hit New Mexico, nonprofits didn't hesitate to respond.  Despite loss of revenue and volunteers, nonprofits adapted and delivered.  We provided food, emergency shelter and other vital services.  We have earned a share of the relief and recovery funds. Nonprofit leaders need to advocate to ensure that nonprofits are included in the distribution of funds.

See ARPA Funding Advocacy Template for a fill in the blank form that can be used to send emails or make phone calls.

Tracking ARPA Funds in New Mexico

New Mexico's State Legislature will be allocating $1 billion in ARPA funds during the December Special Session.

ARPA funds have been allocated to the state, county, municipal and tribal governments. The state is receiving $2.5 billion. This amount includes the funding going to county and municipal governments.

The Councils of Government (COGs) have Regional Recovery Coordinators to assist with economic recovery by region. See "Meet Your Regional Recovery Coordinator." To understand what is happening in your area, nonprofits should get in touch with their Regional Recover Coordinator.

Eastern Plains Region

Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District


Southcentral Region


Southwest Region

Northwest Region

North Central Region

  • Disaster Recovery Coordinator: Kenny Pin (505-356-9098)

  • Counties:


ARPA Grants

​ARPA funds are being distributed through a variety of mechanisms, including federal grants, state, county or municipal grants or contracts.


ARPA Funding Information

Grant Writing Resources

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