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FY22 Federal Funds

In response to the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has passed three unprecedented relief packages.  

CARES Act (March 2020) - $2.2 trilion stimulus bill
$160+ million for Boston:
  • Coronavirus Relief Fund: $121 million
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Funds: $10 million
  • K-12 Funding (BPS): $32 million
  • Other smaller grants (Age Strong, FEMA, Arts): $14+ million
Consolidated Appropriations Act (December 2020) - $900 biLlion StimuluS relief
$150+ million for Boston:
  • K-12 Education (BPS): $120 million (estimate)
  • Rental Relief/Housing: $36 million
American Rescue Plan Act (March 2021) - $1.9 trillion stimulus bill
$700+ million for Boston:
  • Local Aid Relief: $435-$560 million (estimate)
  • K-12 Education (BPS): $280 million (estimate) 
  • Potential for other small targeted grants
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CARES and CARES-Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill signed into law on March 27, 2020. CARES provided additional funding to Boston using existing federal funding formula grants for City departments, including the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Age Strong Commission, and the Boston Public Schools.

The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) provided funds directly to local governments. Boston was awarded $120.8 million from CARES-CRF, which were limited to: 

  • Necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency of COVID-19,
  • Related costs not accounted for in the most recent adopted budget, and
  • Costs incurred between March through December 2020.

The second stimulus, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, provided an additional $900 billion in stimulus relief and extended the availability of CARES-CRF funding by one year, through December 31, 2021. This second stimulus package provided a second round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding to the Boston Public Schools, as well as a brand new Emergency Rent Relief program awarded to the Department of Neighborhood Development.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill providing hundreds of millions in federal funding to the City, the Boston Public Schools. and other local organizations over the next five fiscal years.

Eligible uses of ARPA funding are broader than CARES-CRF funding and include:

  • Revenue replacement for the provision of government services, to the extent the reduction in revenue is due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, relative to revenues collected in the most recent fiscal year prior to the emergency;
  • Assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries, and economic recovery; and
  • Investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

While the City awaits formal award notice from the federal government, we expect to receive at least an estimated $215 million in funding for use over the next year. The City’s thoughtful approach to utilizing this funding is twofold:

  1. Between FY21 and FY22, dedicate $100 million to offset local revenue declines during the pandemic to ensure flexibility, stability and fiscal resiliency, as well as make near -term investments to expand and create vital city programs to Reopen, Recover and Renew our City post COVID-19.
  2. For the remaining $115 million, the administration will establish an Equitable Recovery Resources Coordinating Committee, made up of stakeholders from across City government to ensure equitable, transparent, and accountable distribution of these funds for economic and social recovery.

Equitable Recovery Resources Coordinating Committee

The City will establish a group of internal city stakeholders to coordinate, vet, and oversee all federal funding on behalf of Mayor Janey. The cross-functional committee of departments will coordinate and plan for sustainable investment by:

  • coordinating equitable decisions through a Equity Framework
  • maximizing resources and avoiding duplication of efforts
  • ensuring citywide compliance and oversight of all funds including federal reporting
  • prioritizing sustainable investments in Mayor Janey’s vision
  • creating a public reporting dashboard to report spending to the public, and 
  • canaging internal and external requests for funding.