News Update from Upper Savannah Council of Governments

American Rescue Plan Expected to Bring Approximately $68.56 Million to USCOG Region

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief bill, providing approximately $350 billion to states, territories, tribes, counties and municipalities to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, offset revenue losses, bolster economic recovery and provide premium pay for essential workers.

The Act will provide approximately $42.6 million to the six counties in the Upper Savannah Region and approximately $25,960,000 to the Region’s 24 cities and towns, according to published reports.

The U.S. Department of Treasury is expected to release definitive guidance on how the funds may be spent. However, there is no timeline on when that guidance will be released according to the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC).

MASC strongly recommends cities and towns refrain from spending any funds they receive until that guidance is released. Spending the funds on unauthorized uses could result in a city or town having to repay those funds to the federal government. The same would apply to counties.

Initial estimates have been released. However, they cannot be relied upon as Treasury is still working to finalize the distribution amounts. The Municipal Association recommends not using any of the estimates that are circulating for planning purposes.

Funding will be distributed in two tranches. The first tranche will be distributed within 60 days of enactment of the law, and the second tranche will be distributed 12 months after the first is paid.

The funds may be used to:

  • Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
  • Respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers that are performing such essential work, or by providing grants to eligible employers that have eligible workers who perform essential work.
  • Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency.
  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.


American Rescue Plan Local Allocation Estimates*

Abbeville County 4.76 million
City of Abbeville 1.87 million
Town of Calhoun Falls 710,000
Town of Donalds 120,000
Town of Due West 450,000
Town of Lowndesville 40,000
Edgefield County                                                 5.29 million
Town of Edgefield 1.8 million
Town of Johnston 890,000
Town of Trenton 70,000
Greenwood County 13.73 million
City of Greenwood 8.74 million
Town of Hodges 60,000
Town of Ninety Six 760,000
Town of Troy 40,000
Town of Ware Shoals 800,000
Laurens County                                                   13.09 million
City of Clinton 3.13 million
Town of Cross Hill 190,000
Town of Gray Court 310,000
City of Laurens 3.31 million
Town of Waterloo 60,000
McCormick County                                             1.84 million
Town of McCormick 880,000
Town of Parksville 40,000
Town of Plum Branch 30,000
Saluda County                                                       3.97 million
Town of Ridge Spring 280,000
Town of Saluda 1.35 million
Town of Ward 30,000

* Allocation Estimates provided by Municipal Association of SC website