The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The act contains the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), which creates opportunities for Missouri to respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 through investments in higher education and workforce development. The fund is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and its allowable uses are described in final rule and overview documents. For more information on SLFRF and other related ARPA funds, please visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury's website.


The General Assembly has appropriated funding to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development for two new grant programs, which are listed below. For more information and to apply, please visit the Missouri ARPA website.


Agriculture Innovation & Workforce Development Grant

The Agriculture Innovation & Workforce Development awards will fund projects that implement agriculture innovation and workforce development programs that directly address negative economic impacts on agriculture production, the food or labor supply chain, or agriculture input.



The following Excel document is for institutional use to upload as a part of their application:


Private MoExcels Grant

Private MoExcels awards will fund projects that allow institutions to reach and serve new populations and to enhance support for underrepresented students in order to give individuals the opportunity to train for entrepreneurship and other in-demand occupations.



The following Excel documents are for institutional use to upload as a part of their application: