State to require local matches to fund projects with ARPA money

27 Dec 2021

The state will be looking for "significant" local matches in deciding how to use federal COVID-19 relief dollars. 

Missouri's use of American Rescue Plan Act funds will largely depend on how much local communities can match the investment with their own ARPA funds, regular city and county funds or with grants, Missouri Department of Economic Development officials said.

On Monday, DED provided an update as to how the state plans to spend some ARPA funds to promote economic development. The presentation was geared toward local governments and provided insight into how appropriations could be combined to accomplish state or local goals.

"I want to make sure folks take away the fact that many of the state's programs that are going to be proposed during the State of the State and that the Governor's Office is going to prioritize are going to require a strong local match," DED Acting Director Maggie Kost said.

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