May 11, 2021
Press Release
Local funding allocated through American Rescue Plan will help bring back jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong, equitable recovery

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that municipalities in Monroe County will receive over $380 million in fiscal recovery funds as part of the American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in March. This emergency funding will help state and local governments cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent cuts to essential community programs. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for state and local funding relief has only become more urgent,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “From education to healthcare to emergency services, so many of the vital programs and services that our families utilize every day rely on this funding. I’m proud to have helped deliver these much-needed funds to our community as we heal from this unprecedented health and economic crisis.”

“The American Rescue Plan will deliver immediate and critical help to the families, workers, businesses and state and local governments that have felt the brunt of the economic downturn from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “Congressman Morelle’s leadership and advocacy for Monroe County has been critically important to our continued response to the pandemic, and has helped us protect the public health of our community. Funding provided by this plan will further assist our vaccination distribution efforts, hire additional vaccinators, give struggling businesses the chance to survive, further address the needs of our schools and lift the weight of fear and worry from families facing eviction, foreclosure and food insecurity.”

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. Within the categories of eligible uses listed, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

In our area, funding has been allocated as follows:

  • Monroe County: $144,080,127.00
  • City of Rochester: $202,141,319.00
  • Town of Irondequoit: $22,454,916.00
  • Town of Greece: $11,863,368.00

Allocations for smaller municipalities are not yet available but are expected to be released in the coming days. For an overview of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program including an expanded use of eligible uses, see the fact sheet released today. For additional details on the state, local, territorial, and Tribal government allocations, see the full list here