The Pierce County Council unanimously approved Tuesday $50.5 million in federal funds for local COVID response.

This marked the county’s first round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocations. The approved ordinance will next go to Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier for his signature.

“This bill addresses the emergent needs of people and businesses who are hurting in our community, as well as confirms our continued response to the pandemic itself,” said Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young in a release. “It also represents the foundation of our recovery. The council’s strategic investments now and through future appropriations will support our mid- to long-term needs and rebuild Pierce County stronger than it was before the crisis.”

This round of allocation also included adding another $4 million to the county’s Rollback Relief Grant Program.

Per Pierce County, additional funding allocations approved by the council include:

  • $5 million to support entrepreneurship and technical assistance grants with a focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities;
  • $2.4 million for housing and homelessness;
  • $2 million to support local food banks and pantries;
  • $1.5 million for a summer jobs program to return people to work; and
  • $1.5 million for summer youth support programs.

To see the complete list of allocations, click here.

Pierce County should be receiving nearly $175 million from the ARPA across the next four years. According to the release, the first half (coming to about $88 million) is anticipated to be delivered to the county in early May.

According to the release, about $37 million still remains to be allocated from the county’s first round of ARPA funding. The council will review county needs in the coming weeks accordingly.