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ARPA Funding for Law Enforcement, First Responders

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced on Dec. 6 details of a new proposal that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars into initiatives to protect Ohio's citizens from violence and support first responder resilience and recovery. The proposal would award $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to state and local first-responder agencies to counter increases in violent crime and to mitigate impacts to staffing levels and first-responder wellness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


A total of $175 million in ARPA funds would support the work of state and local law enforcement to prevent and solve crimes in communities that have experienced an increase in violence or have faced difficulties combatting violence during the pandemic.  A total of $75 million would go toward supporting the resilience and recovery of first-responder entities that have faced new challenges and stressors brought on by COVID-19.


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Where can I find the federal ARPA guidelines and regulations?

The Department of Treasury’s final rule (SLFRF-Final-Rule.pdf (treasury.gov)), the final rule overview (Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Overview of the Final Rule (treasury.gov)), the compliance and reporting guidance (SLFRF Compliance and Reporting Guidance Update 2.1 final (treasury.gov)) and the FAQs (Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds FAQs (treasury.gov)) are all available online.

When will funding be available?

After some initial funding is awarded in January for projects to address immediate needs or that have statewide impact, requests for proposals (RFPs) will be developed and distributed for projects including law enforcement violence reduction; first responder recruitment, retention and wellness; and community violence prevention/reduction. The first of these RFPs is expected by spring of 2022.

How will I know when RFPs are released?

The Department of Public Safety will make extensive outreach to communities and prospective applicants, including law enforcement agencies and all other first responders. To sign up to receive notification on ARPA as well as other grants, click the link ODPS | Office of Criminal Justice Services (ohio.gov) and submit your email address through the box below “Stay Connected” on the right side of the page.

What is the timeframe for these funds?

Although individual grants will likely have shorter timeframes, the ARPA funds are allowable for expenses between period of March 3, 2021 and December 31, 2024.

Can I purchase equipment with these funds?

Technology and equipment that advance law enforcement’s response to an increase in violence (or increased difficulty responding to the effects of violence) due to the pandemic are allowable expenses.

How will I know if my project(s) is even eligible for funding?

The RFPs and guidance will include an eligibility screening tool. This tool will lead the applicant through yes/no questions to determine if the proposed project is eligible.

What are considered the “pre-pandemic” staffing levels?

The number of staff as of January 27, 2020.

Where can I find a map of the Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)?

To see a map of the QCT locations, go to 2021 and 2022 Small DDAs and QCTs | HUD USER, check the box next to “Color QCT Qualified Tracts” and zoom in on the national map using CTRL + scroll.

Does our law enforcement agency need to be submitting crime statistics to be eligible for ARPA funding?

Yes, law enforcement agencies applying under this solicitation must be in compliance with crime statistics reporting, using the Ohio Incident-Based Reporting System (OIBRS) or the FBI’s NIBRS Collection Application (NCA), per Ohio Revised Code Section 5502.62(C)(6).

Does our law enforcement agency need to be certified in any standards to be eligible for ARPA funding?

Consistent with the State of Ohio Body-Worn Camera grant program, agencies seeking funding for body-worn cameras must comply with the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification program’s body-worn camera standard. For further information on the certification process, visit: https://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/

Is ARPA funding subject to stepdown?

Some ARPA funding may be subject to stepdown, which means a larger percentage of the grant will be funded during the beginning timeframe, with a decreasing percentage as the grant progresses.

Will we submit data into the Performance Measurement Tool (PMT) for ARPA funding?

No – ARPA funding is not managed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and is therefore not subject to PMT reporting; however, performance metrics will be established and updates submitted according to the pre-award conditions established for the grant.

Where can I send additional questions?

The following email has been set up for question regarding this program: arpa@dps.ohio.gov