City Of Cleveland Launches Citizen Input Tool for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Frank G. Jackson launched the ReStart CLE efforts based on three overriding principles:

  1. To minimize the suffering and burden of people and businesses in our community who have been impacted by COVID;
  2. To better position all people and businesses in our community to take advantage of the recovery; and
  3. To make sure all people are better off as a result of the recovery efforts we undertake so that we can become a more equitable community.

The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a unique opportunity to build on these priorities and invest in Cleveland’s people, neighborhoods, and businesses. As a part of this nationwide effort, Cleveland will receive $511 million to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

The City is collecting citizen input on how this money could be used to support the on-going economic recovery. Residents can submit ideas online at or by using drop boxes at City Hall, their local neighborhood recreation center, or the Public Utilities Building at 1201 Lakeside Avenue. Additionally, all residents who receive a water bill will receive a questionnaire they can mail in or return to any of these locations.

This $511 million must be spent by December 31, 2024 and can be used, broadly, for certain types of programs or services, including:

  • Supporting Public Health Response – This includes things like funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
  • Replacing Public Sector Revenue Loss – Due to COVID-19, the City of Cleveland lost tax revenue which supports vital City services. These funds can be used to offset those losses and support direct services to people.
  • Address Negative Economic Impacts – During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people and businesses were hurt economically. These funds can help workers, families, small businesses, non-profits, and industries impacted by COVID-19.
  • Water, Sewer, or Broadband Infrastructure – This includes things like investing to improve access to clean drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access.