American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Humanitarian Relief Funding Guidance is now available!

Information on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Humanitarian Relief Funding is now available! Full guidance on the ARPA funding can be found HERE. A useful webinar on this supplemental funding, SAHA – ARPA Supplemental Funding Overview, can be found HERE.

To allow more opportunities for agencies to submit applications for funding, there will be multiple open application periods:

QuarterApplication AvailableEligible Reimbursement PeriodLRO App Submission Deadline To LBLB App Submission Deadline To NB
104/19/2021 – 04/30/20211/1/2021 – 3/31/202104/30/202105/07/2021
27/15/2021 – 07/31/20211/1/2021 – 6/30/202107/31/202108/06/2021
310/15/2021 – 10/31/20211/1/2021 – 9/30/202110/31/202111/05/2021
401/15/2022 – 01/31/20221/1/2021 – 12/31/202101/31/202202/07/2022

Applications will be completed online by visiting and clicking on the Supplemental Funding Information tab. They will be sent to the Local Board to review before they submit the applications to the National Board for review and award determination. Complete applications for ARPA funding are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on the submission deadline date. You may view the application and required supplemental information starting on page 24 of the ARPA 2021 Humanitarian Funding Guidance document.

Funding is available to agencies who provide eligible services to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The ARPA Humanitarian Relief Application consists of five categories of service. All expenditures made by agencies must fall within one of the categories.

  • Primary – includes only food and shelter
  • Secondary – includes, but is not limited to, health/medical services
  • Administrative – includes, but is not limited to, temporary staff, permanent and voluntary staff overtime, and postage
  • Equipment and Assets – includes purchases and leases, and necessary renovations to make facilities safe, sanitary, and compliant with local codes (e.g., showers)
  • Transportation – includes local and long-distance travel (e.g. taxi, bus, air, train) for families and individuals encountered by DHS and for agency staff that may be required to assist them

To read more about these categories and the documentation required for this funding opportunity, please read the ARPA Humanitarian Relief funding and application guidelines which can also be found on our Resources & Documents page. For more information about EFSP funds in general, please visit our FAQ page for more information