Portsmuth NH has $5.4M left in American Rescue Plan Act funds

PORTSMOUTH — The good news for the city is it still has about $5.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds left to spend.

The bad news is city leaders have already received about $17.4 million in requests for projects seeking to use the remaining federal dollars, according to City Manager Karen Conard.

The City Council and the previous City Council have “obligated” about $7.4 million of the approximately $12.8 million in ARPA funds the city received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conard explained during a City Council work session Monday night that the granting of ARPA funds is “the way that the federal government chose to provide funding … for state and local governments” during the pandemic.

Portsmouth City Manager Karen Conard, seen May 2, 2022.

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The $17.4 million in funding requests the city has already received includes about $12.8 million in projects proposed by city staff, $1.3 million in projects requested by the Portsmouth Housing Authority, $480,000 in projects recommended by the city’s Arts & Non-Profits Blue Ribbon Committee and $2.7 million in initiatives proposed by public/health and social service entities, Conard said.

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