American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to combat the negative public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation includes $65.1 billion dollars of flexible aid provided to every county in the United States. Manatee County has received its full award of $78.3 million dollars.

Specifically, the ARP provides that SLFRF funds may be used for the following general purposes:

  • To respond to the public health emergency and its negative economic impact on the community
  • To respond to workers performing essential services during the public health emergency by providing premium pay for eligible workers
  • For the provision of general government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the public health emergency
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure

To learn more about SLFRF, visit the US Department of the Treasury Website 

With initial assistance from Ernst & Young, Manatee County Government Administration was able to quickly identify key components of the legislation and then guide the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and County Departments, Agencies and Programs to engage their extensive, existing community outreach to openly solicit ideas and receive feedback to develop a prospective list of programs, services and capital projects that address the County’s strategic plan to combat the harmful effects of COVID-19 and its negative impact on the community and to promote an equitable economic recovery. The initial roadmap and implementation plan was developed. A community summit meeting and BOCC work sessions and regular meetings further encouraged participation by the general public in person and via community access television to further refine the action plan.

The implementation plan for SLFRF funds included an initial strategy designed to prioritize the immediate health and safety of Manatee County residents and essential County employees as we faced COVID-19 and the aftermath of the pandemic. The initial use of funds included a rapid response for facilities and personnel for COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, the sanitization of county facilities, personal protection equipment (PPE) and ambulances and other emergency medical and communications equipment. Future health and safety projects include remote 911 answering systems, new EMS stations and a public health data system to better track and respond to emerging illness in the County.

The next strategic use of SLFRF funds will address community and infrastructure projects designed to address the growing homeless population, the need for greenspace and trailways, and making investments in sewer, stormwater and broadband projects. Overall, these projects will work towards a healthier community and a strong, equitable recovery.

As of June 30, 2022, The Manatee Board of County Commissioners has approved a total of 24 ARP projects with 99% of the $78.3 million dollars directed towards increased Public Health & Safety and investments in Community and infrastructure programs, services and capital expenditures. The following graph illustrates the allocation of SLFRF funds:

Funding Allocation


Approved Projects (24) as of June 30, 2022:

Public Health & Safety
911 Remote Calling
EMS Response SUV
EMS Station Houses (3)
PPE/Medical Supplies EMS
Public Health Data System
ALS Ambulances
BLS Ambulances & EMTs
Sheriff Radios
PPE 2023-24
COVID-19 Testing DOH
County/COVID-19 Response

Greenway/Trails Master Plan
Parks/Preserves Playgrounds
Homeless Veterans Project
Assistance for the Homeless

Ernst & Young/Admin

Parrish/Tallevast Sewer Expansion (2)
Samoset Infrastructure Study
Stormwater Projects

As of June 30, 2022, total expenditures are $12,813,737. The following charts illustrate the priority placed on the County’s response to COVID-19 and increase in Public Health and Safety:

Total Appropriated

As of June 30, 2022, total expenditures for Public Health and Safety are $12,630,504:


Public Health Appropriated

As of June 30, 2022, total expenditures for Administration are $183,233:

Total Admin

As of June 30, 2022, appropriated SLFRF funds for projected Community and Infrastructure Projects are $43,830,760. Expenditures are Zero ($):

Community Projects 

The following chart illustrates the approved projects with appropriated funds, project to date expenditures and remaining balances as of June 30, 2022:

BOCC Approved ARP Projects

To view the full 2021/2022 SLFRF Recovery Plan Performance Reports, please click the following links:

2021 SLFRF Recovery Plan Performance Report
2022 SLFRF Recovery Plan Performance Report