Rural in the American Rescue Plan

The passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides new and expanded opportunities for rural America. On this webpage, Aspen CSG is collecting links and resources explaining ARP opportunities for rural people and places. We are trying to be as rural-specific as possible with these resources, but some collect rural information alongside urban and suburban-relevant information. The understanding of how this bill will affect rural America is evolving, so check back regularly for more information. 

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Federal agencies resources on ARP

Official White House website explanation of the American Rescue Plan. Case studies to see how the plan might affect you directly. White House’s “American Rescue Plan”

Official USDA website explaining ARP and funding that USDA will implement.  Breaks it into four large sections: nutrition assistance, supporting farmers and strengthening food supply, ensuring equity for farmers of color, and strengthening infrastructure, housing and health care in rural America. American Rescue Plan

US Senate has released a title by title summary of ARP spending, based on the Act passed by the Senate on March 3. Title by Title Summary.

USDA Fact sheet on ARP. FACT SHEET: United States Department of Agriculture Provisions in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan

US Treasury Breakdown of ARP Assistance to Families FACT SHEET: The American Rescue Plan Will Deliver Immediate Economic Relief to Families | US Department of the Treasury

US Department of Indian Affairs website has limited links for what ARP means for Indian Country and Tribal Communities. The American Rescue Plan Act

US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs summarizes the $31.2B heading to Indian Country and Native Nations. SENATE PASSES LARGEST INVESTMENT IN NATIVE PROGRAMS IN HISTORY, MORE THAN $31 BILLION HEADING TO NATIVE COMMUNITIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Federal Transit Administration on ARP American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 | FTA

Analysis of ARP by Organizations 

For each resource, if there is rural-specific information, we note it in red.

AGRICULTURE: Center of Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) provides an analysis of ARP looking specifically at Food Systems. Food Assistance in American Rescue Plan Act Will Reduce Hardship, Provide Economic Stimulus

BROADBAND: American Library Association brief on broadband opportunities within the ARP. Includes rural specific information. Broadband Funding Opportunities in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Robert Bocher

BUDGET: Daily Yonder analysis of Biden’s budget proposal for rural and its relation to previous legislation (ARP). Biden’s First Budget Proposal Recognizes Some Rural Needs

EDUCATION: The Education Trust provides analysis of ARP’s impact on education issues specifically looking at issues of equity. Not rural specific in program analysis. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – What’s in It for Equity

EDUCATION: Brookings report on ARP specifically looking at education. No specific rural breakout. Building back better: The promise of the American Rescue Plan for education

EQUITY: Brookings report focusing on issues of structural racism and how the ARP may address them.  Connects to rural areas by funding program analysis. Will the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan address structural inequality?

GENERAL: National Council of Nonprofits Analysis of ARP and its impact on nonprofit organizations and they people nonprofits serve. More of a General Resource. The American Rescue Plan Act | National Council of Nonprofits

GEOGRAPHY: National League of Cities has created an extensive, searchable summary of provisions relevant to municipalities and local leaders in this historic legislation. American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Summary of Provisions. They have also created a searchable list of estimated appropriations by municipality. Estimated Local Allocations.

GEOGRAPHY: National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) breakdown of ARP funding for state and local governments.  Breaks out funding by issue area but not by rural separately. American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (

GEOGRAPHY: Brookings report focusing on how local leaders should use their ARP funding utilizing the goals of stability, immediate impact, inclusivity, future prosperity, how ARP can complement efforts already underway and how to organize through Regional Recovery Councils. How should local leaders use their American Rescue Plan funding?

GEOGRAPHY: Center for American Progress provides summaries of ARP and specific state breakdowns for: New Hampshire, Nevada, Maine, Georgia, Arizona, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Also provides analysis around issue areas and for state and local governments. American Rescue Plan

HEALTH: American Hospital Association (AHA) analysis of the ARP.  Includes specific information on rural hospitals and health care related to COVID pandemic. Summary of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and Provisions Affecting Hospitals and Health Systems | AHA

HEALTH: National Law Review provides analysis on healthcare provisions in ARP, including for rural America. Healthcare Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

TAXES: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of EITC and Child Tax Credit for rural America. Rescue Plan’s Expansions of Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit Will Benefit Rural Residents.

News/Editorials on ARP

AGRICULTURE: AG Web Editorial: Agricultural and Rural Provisions of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 

COLLEGE: Inside Higher Education: Editorial on funding for colleges as part of the American Rescue plan.

EQUITY: Civil Eats Editorial Op-ed: $4 Billion in Debt Relief Is a Start, but the Fight is Not Over for Black Farmers 

GEOGRAPHY: NACO American Rescue Plan Helps America’s Rural Counties 

GENERAL: KTTC Secretary of Agriculture breaks down the American Rescue Plan for rural communities 

GENERAL: Vermont Biz: Matt Dunne: What does the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 mean for rural America? 

GENERAL: Daily Yonder Editorial Commentary: Biden’s American Rescue Plan Keeps Promise to Rural America 

NATIVE NATIONS: Indian Country Today website has a breakdown of ARP programs for Tribal and Native Nations perspectives. Chair Grijalva hails passage of American Recovery Plan

POVERTY: Daily Yonder What the American Rescue Plan Means for Child Poverty in Rural America