American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan

Morris County received $95,535,125 million from the American Rescue Plan under federal legislation passed on March 11, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Plan

The American Rescue Plan is intended to provide direct relief to individuals, families, small businesses, and local governments that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Learn more about the Plan at its official website and Fact Sheet.)

Included in the plan is the distribution of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, with $350 billion set aside for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to:

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
  • Replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic

Learn more about Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

How Morris County Will Distribute the Relief

Small Business Grant Program

The Small Business Grant Program (SBGP) is being made available to small businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If eligible, your business or nonprofit organization (NPO) may be reimbursed up to $15,000 for COVID-19 related expenses.

Approved Projects

These projects have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners:

Capital Programs
Project Amount

Professional Services for Industrial Hygienist for HVAC Review

Air Quality and Public Health Improvements to County Buildings Engineering/Project Management $750,000.00
Meeting Room Technology Upgrades for Virtual Interface $1,484,900.00
Warehouse/Shelter Design $750,000.00
Emergency Response and Sanitization Equipment $200,000.00
Morgue Transport Vehicle $63,000.00
Five Emergency Response Vehicles $2,050,000.00
Back-up 911 Center Project on CCM Campus $5,000,000.00
Park Commission Public Health Upgrades $6,000,537.50
OTA Air Quality Improvements $95,317.25
Subtotal Committed: $16,432,754.75
Non-Capital Programs
Project Amount
Grant Administration $1,350,000.00
Veteran Behavioral Health Programs $350,000.00
Emergency Management Personnel (3) $1,372,965.30
Public Health Personnel (5) $1,797,930.75
Small Business Grant Program Administration - Outreach $63,000.00
Small Business Grant Program Administration - Consultant  $531,141.74 
Small Business Grant Program Phase 1 & 2 $10,740,254.80
Park Commission Returned Staff $8,363,680.20
Morristown Partnership 2021 Festival on the Green $100,000.00
Mayo Performing Arts Center Educational Programs $600,000.00
Gun Buy Back Program $64,675.00
Subtotal Committed: $25,333,647.79
Project Type Amount
Capital Projects Subtotal $16,432,754.75
Non-Capital Projects Subtotal $25,333,647.79
 Revenue Loss Commitment $28,376,711.00
Total: $70,143,113.54

Reports and Presentations


Want to learn more about the American Rescue Plan? Check out these resources: