The American Rescue Plan’s secret ingredient? Flexible state and local aid.

American Rescue Plan Funding (ARPA) for Infrastructure Improvements

Signed into law in March of 2021, federal stimulus funds through the American Rescue Plan will provide over 3.3 billion in funding for Massachusetts cities and towns. Eligible uses include investments in water, sewer and broadband projects. The Treasury Department has detailed a wide range of projects that can be supported by the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Massachusetts Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

Cities and towns can use this funding for an array of water and wastewater projects, including water infrastructure improvements that relate to removal of contaminants from drinking water (PFA’s, TTHM’s, Lead, Manganese, etc), water and sewer main replacements, water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades and construction. Funds can also be used managing or treating storm water or subsurface drainage water, reducing energy consumption at water and sewer facilities, and cybersecurity improvements aimed at water and sewer infrastructure.

Capital Strategic Solutions (CSS) offers cities and towns a wide range of services to help manage and administer American Rescue Plan funds and projects including: assistance in applying for and managing project approval through ARPA, EPA and DEP, assistance with reimbursement requests and general administrative assistance for all aspects of the projects. In addition, CSS offers a full range of community engagement and impact mitigation communication capabilities, as well as social media management, website design and tactical outreach to residents and businesses on project impacts and use of funds.

“Nichol and her team have provided an invaluable service to the Public Works Department for many years. They recognize the importance of communication and information sharing and have managed the Department's social media platform, provided public education and outreach required by our MS4 permit, and created several presentations and publications. CSS offers many services to municipalities and can also assist you with Grant preparation for all of the available Grant Programs to support and improve your critical infrastructure”. Paul Scott, Plainville Director of Public Works.

CSS provides a full portfolio of affordable services to assist municipalities in managing ARPA funds:

  • Strategic & Crisis Communications

  • Social Media Engagement

  • Assisting with Grant Funding Opportunities

  • Website Development

  • Public Engagement Plans and Coordination

  • Presentations

  • Videos, Fact Sheets, & Newsletters

  • Stakeholder Database Development

  • Project Branding

Contact us at or call 508-690-0046 to discuss how we can help you today.

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