CARES and ARPA Funding

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding

The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed in March 2021. It is the second federal relief bill enacted since 2020, and it focuses on helping local governments recover from the impact of COVID-19. ARPA funds can be used to replace lost public sector revenue, respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impact of the pandemic, provide premium pay for essential workers, and invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. 

The first recovery relief bill, the CARES Act, focused on immediate help, where ARPA allows local governments to build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity. 

The Northfield City Council allocated eligible ARPA dollars to fund critical needs across the community as recommended by a task force of elected and appointed officials.

Building a strong, resilient and equitable recovery


Economic recovery

Needs-based business support


Blue Shield

Vital public services

Safety, security, modernization


Blue man, woman, small child, baby

Equitable household economic stabilization

Housing, nutrition, care, health


Working together for a better Northfield

Office telephone


Northfield Community Resource Center for technology upgrades and library resources

Viking Terrace mobile home community


Healthy Community Initiative for mobile home rehab coordinator



Masks and Spanish translator

Viking Terrace mobile home community


Rental and mobile home grants

Community Action Center food shelf store


Community Action Center (CAC) for food sourcing costs, rental assistance and multilingual staff support

Blue fire truck


Northfield Area Fire & Rescue Services for a new fire truck

Students with backpacks and other people walking in downtown Northfield in the summer


Economic development personnel and public health communication

Hillcrest development home construction


Community Action Center and Three Rivers Community Action for water and sewer utilities in new affordable housing developments

Crowd and stage with band at the 2021 Vintage Band Festival; river and post office in background


Grants, infrastructure and studies for tourism recovery

DMV staff helping a customer with a transaction


City Hall public health, safety and security measures and remote process management systems

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 2020, provided more than $2 trillion in federal economic relief to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.  The CARES Act provided assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries. The Northfield City Council allocated local funds to critical needs across the community.

Stabilizing the local economy


Preserve jobs and business

Minimize job loss


Blue Shield

Continue local government operations


Blue man, woman, small child, baby

Provide social support

Housing, nutrition, care, health


Working together for a better Northfield



Healthfinders to provide services, medication, supplies, protective equipment, virtual visits

Student on laptops at Healthy Community Initiative (HCI)


Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) provided internet access for 242 local kids and laptops to check out 

Bridgewater Elementary front entrance


Northfield Public Schools for safety measures

Laura Baker Services building with yard sign "Heroes work here"


Laura Baker Services Association for payroll, housing, utilities, food, transportation and safety 

Students with backpacks and other people walking in downtown Northfield in the summer


Programs for job preservation, stimulus and economic recovery

504 to 506 Division Street receive a facade grant


Grants to 34 businesses for payroll, rent, utilities, safety measures and cleaning supplies



Grants to 20 nonprofit organizations for safety measures

Downtown street sign "Protect the Herd"


Police overtime, emergency response, Spanish translator, communications and barriers 

Community Action Center van distributes food


Community Action Center (CAC) for mobile and neighborhood food distribution

Chamber of Commerce, exterior building


Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and Convention & Visitors Bureau for loss revenue



Northfield Hospitals & Clinics for online screening

People enjoying lunch at a parklet in downtown Northfield


Outdoor furnishing to support local restaurants