How much does California receive from the American Rescue Plan?

The largest economic stimulus bill ever passed by Congress, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will provide $26 billion in fiscal recovery funds to the state and $16 billion to counties and cities with a population over 50,000. 



The funds directed to the state will be available until Dec. 31, 2024. 

The Act provides $200 million to Medi-Cal to cover the federal share of the costs for the COVID-19 vaccine administration. It provides $700 million for vaccine distribution efforts and $3.2 billion for testing, contact tracing and other related efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement when the ARPA was signed on March 11: 

“The American Rescue Plan will help California roar back from this pandemic. With this infusion of federal stimulus, California can make faster progress on responding to COVID, supporting small businesses, putting money in people’s pockets, and bolstering K-12 and higher education. All of these pandemic responses add up to a brighter future for California. President Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer have shown what real, compassionate leadership looks like. I look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature to prioritize these critically needed funds, focusing on key shared priorities such as equity, housing affordability, education, and infrastructure, and coming out of this pandemic as a stronger and more inclusive California.”

The ARPA will also provide $2.2 billion in emergency rental assistance to families to help pay rent and utilities, $1 billion to homeowners for mortgage payments and $1 billion in homelessness assistance including emergency housing vouchers. 

Childcare and Head Start providers will receive $3.9 billion to help with expenses and $15.1 billion will go to schools to resume in-person learning, addressing learning loss and other activities.

A full breakdown of the money that will be flowing into the state is provided in these two tables:

This image was provided by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office


This image was provided by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office