Cumberland County's American Rescue Plan 

The Mission of Cumberland County State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA) is to expand resources for those impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, with a goal to “help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.”  A successful recovery program means the County will anticipate the needs and coordinate the efforts and resources necessary to create and maintain a supportive structure.  The County has used, and will continue to use a community-driven, data-informed process to ensure the effective, efficient, and equitable distribution of SLFRF funds. Cumberland County has committed $57, 300, 874.00 or 100% of Recovery Funding made available to Cumberland County. 

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What is ARPA
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan, provides state, local, and Tribal governments across the country funding to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Treasury allocated $57,300,874 million of these funds directly to Cumberland County. In May of 2022, Cumberland County received its second and final tranche of funding in the amount of $28,650,437 million.  
The intent of the grant funds is to provide Cumberland County with the financial resources needed to respond to the pandemic and its economic effects and to build a stronger, more equitable economy. Cumberland County considers the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a strong recovery and improve current and future economic and health outcomes for all residents. The County believes working with municipalities and nonprofit organizations will set the stage for a stronger, more durable recovery. In doing so, the County’s Plan for SLFRF spending prioritizes support for struggling households and critical investments in infrastructure.  

Notice of Funding Availability & Request for Proposals  Cumberland County Affordable Rental Housing Program

Cumberland County in partnership with MaineHousing, is pleased to announce the Cumberland County Affordable Rental Housing Program. Funding for this Program is through The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. 

The Affordable Rental Housing Program is intended to assist developers in creating affordable, workforce, rental housing consisting of five to twelve units where 100% of the units are leased to households making no more than 80% of the Area Median Income and are leased at not more than 80% Area Median Income rents.

Cumberland County Government is seeking proposals from qualified developers interested in the acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing in the rural areas of Cumberland County. Eligible developers include:

  • Public Housing Authorities,
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Non-Profit Housing Developers, and
  • For-Profit Housing Developers

Potential projects must align with the County’s affordable Rental housing program, which can be found here.  

The Program will provide subsidy in the form of zero-interest forgivable loans as well as paying debt for the acquisition and substantial rehabilitation or construction of any units developed under the Program. The affordability will be required for a minimum of 45 years

RFPs can be submitted to Cumberland County beginning July 12, 2023, and will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are expended. Requests for information related to the proposal should be directed to: Sandy Warren, Compliance & Audit Manager. You can obtain a copy of the RFP by Clicking Here or you can also obtain a copy of the RFP as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, at the following website: Request-For-Proposals Requests. 


Keeping Cumberland County Warm Heating Assistance Program

Thank you for your interest in our program. Cumberland County is no longer accepting applications at this time.  For assistance please contact 2.1.1 or  The Opportunity Alliance Home Energy Assistance Program at 207-553-5900