Analysis: Opportunities abound as federal COVID relief funds flow into Maine counties


According to an analysis by MECEP released earlier this month, Maine’s counties in total will receive $261 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Counties have a deadline of 2024 to develop plans for spending the funds and until 2026 to actually use the money, the group reported.

“Effective allocation of these funds will aid recovery, address inequities, and improve prospects for individuals and businesses. Most counties are currently accepting public comment from residents and community organizations on how these funds are used,” MECEP stated in its report.

Click here to read the full story, first published October 22, 2021 in Beacon.