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American Rescue Plan Act Resources

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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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.

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ARPA Resources for Libraries

    Overviews

    American Rescue Plan - Library Relief
    American Library Association (web page)

    American Rescue Plan - State Guide
    American Library Association (web page)

    American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
    American Society of Association Executives (fact sheet)

    Schools And Libraries Look For Solutions With $7 Billion In Federal Help
    Broadband Breakfast (article)

    How should local leaders use their American Rescue Plan funding?
    Brookings Institution (article)

    Libraries are getting $200 million in stimulus funds. Here's why
    CNN (article)

    COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse
    National Association of Counties (web page)

    U.S. Treasury Releases New Guidance on Certification Process for State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
    National Association of Counties (article)

    Digital Equity Stimulus Funding
    National Digital Inclusion Alliance (article)

    American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Summary of Provisions
    National League of Cities (web page)

    COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Relief
    National League of Cities (web page)

    Libraries to receive record federal aid to address digital divide
    SmartCities Dive (article)

    American Rescue Plan Federal Investment Guide
    United States Conference of Mayors, Accelerator for America, Center for Inclusive Growth, Drexel University Nowak Metro Finance Metro Lab (guide)

    Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
    U.S. Department of the Treasury (web page)

    American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Fact Sheet
    U.S. Senate (fact sheet)

    Title-By-Title Summary of the American Rescue Plan
    U.S. Senate (summary)

    Education and Small Business Impact
    Advocacy

    Creating an Emergency Connectivity Fund to Outlast the Pandemic
    Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition

    Letter to Treasury Department on COVID-19 Federal Relief Funding
    National Association of Counties (letter)

    NDIA Signatory on Letter Sent to White House & Congress
    National Digital Inclusion Alliance (letter)

    Letter to Treasury on ARPA
    National League of Cities (letter)

    Seven Local Goals for Recovery Legislation
    National League of Cities (article)

    FCC Comments on Emergency Connectivity Fund

    ALA Comments Submitted to FCC
    American Library Association (document)

    Broad Support for Homework Gap Program
    Funds For Learning (article)

    NLC Files Comments on New Emergency Connectivity Fund
    National League of Cities (article)

    4/5 FCC Comments Urging Flexible E-Rate Expansion Rules Empowering Local Choice
    New America (article)

    SHLB Comments Submitted to FCC
    Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (document)

    ULC will be making updates to this page on an ongoing basis. Please email pnegron@urbanlibraries.org with feedback or suggested content.

    Last Updated: April 19, 2021