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Website launched to help residents track ARPA monies

| June 4, 2021 7:00 AM

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced the launch of a website and call center on June 1 to keep Montanans informed as to how the state will spend more than $1.5 billion in federal aid.

Through the website,, residents can explore funding opportunities available under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Signed into law in January by President Joe Biden, ARPA provided $1.9 trillion to address the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic crisis.

Montanans seeking to keep track of the state’s four ARPA commissions — which address communications, water and sewer, economic stabilization and workforce development, and health and human services — can click the tabs on the website’s home page.

Each of the commissions is made up of three state senators, three to four state representatives and three appointees from the executive branch. State Sen. Mike Cuffe (R-Eureka) is among the legislators who will provide recommendations on how to spend funds for infrastructure, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The ARPA website also features a chat portal, a list of frequently asked questions and information on rental assistance and funds for K-12 education.

For help over the phone, Montanans may call 1-844-406-ARPA (2772) to reach the state’s ARPA call center.

Gianforte will continue coordinating with state agencies, commissions and Mike Foster, ARPA program director, to manage the allocation of federal funds, according to a release from the governor’s office.