On March 11, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law, which includes the $7 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund to support libraries in building connected communities through the FCC's E-Rate program. The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau issued a request for comments on the implementation of the Emergency Connectivity Fund, with reply comments due by April 23.
ARPA has also allocated $200 million in funding to The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will support grants in every U.S. state and territory.
Beyond the E-Rate and IMLS funding, ARPA includes more than $360 billion in support for state, local and tribal governments, which may offer additional support opportunities for libraries.
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Agencies to Watch:
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Federal Communications Commission
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- ALA's ARPA web page
- International City/County Management Association's breakdown of city and county funding
- National Association of Counties' ARPA analysis
- National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Digital Equity Stimulus ARPA breakdown
- National League of Cities' summary of "everything you need to know"
- National Summer Learning Association’s response to the COVID-19 crisis
- Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition’s web page
ULC Member Talking Points
ULC has synthesized insights from our ongoing research and conversations with members and partners to create talking points. Click here to access these talking points in ULC’s Member Knowledge Exchange.
Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19
ULC Leadership Brief
Informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Digital Equity action team, ULC’s Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19 Leadership Brief spotlights how the pandemic has both intensified the digital divide and created a window for action by raising the visibility of what it means to be unconnected in our hyper-connected world, especially for our most vulnerable residents. This Leadership Brief offers action strategies, key messages and background information to empower library leaders to take on a more active and intentional role in advancing digital equity.
ARPA Resources for Libraries
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