Reimagine New Castle County

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law on March 11, 2021 by President Biden, provides funding to states, counties and municipalities across the country to spur recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a historic opportunity to reimagine the communities in which we live, an unprecedented opportunity to address problems that arose in recent months and divisions that have festered for decades,” New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said. “We thank President Biden, Senator Carper, Senator Coons and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester in ensuring every local government across our state has resources to build back better, and we look forward to our continued partnership with County Council to get these funds to the communities, families and individuals in most need.”

New Castle County will receive approximately $108 million from this fund to fight COVID-19 and its impacts in two tranches: $54m in 2021 (paid 60 days post certification); $54m in 2022 (paid within 12 months of first tranche). The resources must be expended by December 31, 2024.

Building on the work of the CARES Act Task Force we engaged for guidance on investments of that federal funding, we will again look to advice from outside experts to provide recommendations. The currently planned ARPA Task Force Committees are:

1. Audit & Compliance 

2. Intergovernmental Collaboration 

3. Community and Economic Development 

4. Workforce Development 

5. Early Learning

 And we welcome your input at any time!  Please complete this form to share your ideas about ways we can Reimagine New Castle County -- and make our community stronger and more equitable.