Norfolk County Commission ARPA Program
The County of Norfolk recognizes the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had within our community and the historic opportunity State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide to address that challenge. When the American Rescue Plan Act became law in March of 2021, the County participated in meetings hosted by the White House, the National Association of Counties, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Government Finance Officers Association to gain a thorough knowledge of the eligible uses of these funds and the corresponding reporting requirements. The County of Norfolk applied for, and was awarded, $137,282,760 and received its first tranche of $50,618,689 in July of 2021.
From the outset the County Commission sought input from stakeholders in each of its 28 constituent communities, discussing the issue weekly at their Commission meetings, meeting with the Norfolk County Managers Association and with local Select Boards and Mayors as well as hearing from individual community service organizations. The County quickly decided to equitably distribute the funds to each of its 28 communities on a per capita basis. The County retained an accounting firm to establish a secured web-based application process to facilitate the review, auditing, and accounting process for the firm and applicants. Preliminary discussions with the community leaders of the 28 municipalities within the County have outlined the need to explore uses that support public health, including and mental health, broadband infrastructure, education assistance, premium pay for essential workers, and revenue losses in Fiscal Year 2020 and beyond.
To Visit Norfolk County's ARPA Application Portal Click Here
Norfolk County State & Local Recovery Plan Performance Report 2022
Projects Approved by the County Commission as of July 20th 2022