The Carlisle ARPA Committee is tasked with identifying potential Fiscal Recovery Fund (FRF) expenditures, evaluating and prioritizing eligible FRF expenditures and recommending specific FRF expenditures to the Select Board for approval.
The Carlisle Select Board recently allocating all of Carlisle’s ARPA Funds to replace lost public sector revenue. This allows all ARPA funds to be used for any “government service” (which is broadly defined by the U.S. Treasury) rather than limiting fund use to "ARPA Eligible Expenditure Categories”. The updated “Carlisle ARPA Funding Request” form reflects this change and no longer requires an ARPA eligibility category to be selected for each project.
The Carlisle ARPA Committee and Select Board have agreed on the following ARPA prioritization criteria for evaluating requests:
Amount of request, availability of alternative funding and cost-benefit ratio of request.
Funding recommendations support multiple functions and communities in Carlisle that have been negatively impacted by COVID.
COVID related requests that are discrete, will be completed within the funding timeline and do not require ongoing expense.
Air quality and other infrastructure projects that have been vetted and prioritized by MFC/CPS/FinCom. They are nonrecurring expenditures targeted towards strategically important long-term assets that provide benefits over many years.
ARPA funds can be used to cover eligible costs incurred during the period that begins on March 3, 2021 and ends on December 31, 2024 (as long as the award funds for the obligations incurred by December 31, 2024 are expended by December 31, 2026). Costs for projects incurred prior to March 3, 2021 are not eligible.