ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Commission has signed off on using $5 million in American Rescue Plan Funding to help businesses retain workers. Qualifying employees are eligible for up to $3,000, and qualifying businesses up to $50,000.

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Self-employed individuals are also eligible. The program is expected to begin accepting applications by the end of the year. The commission also approved an additional $1 million in ARPA funding for water and sewer projects.