The U.S. Treasury has released additional guidance to assist states with the distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs), which are local governments typically serving a population under 50,000.
The guidance sets forth a process by which the state can download a list of local governments from the U.S. Treasury website alongside a step-by-step guide to allocating and distributing funds to their NEUs. This guidance along with additional information on ARPA funds for non-entitlement units of local government can be found on the U.S. Treasury website HERE.
State governments that have made a request for their own funds in the Treasury Submission Portal under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds will be considered by Treasury to have requested funding for their non-entitlement units of local government as well, and no further action is required on their part to receive payments. States that have requested funding for their own state funds should expect to receive their first tranche of payments for NEUs within several days.
We will continue to keep our members up to date on all ARPA guidance as it is released.
ARPA Fact Sheets and Resources:
The National League of Cities (NLC) has created a series of fact sheets for local governments with critical information on how to access, spend and properly report ARPA funds:
· How to Spend Coronavirus State & Local Recovery Funds (HERE)
· How to Use ARPA to Access Coronavirus State & Local Recovery Funds (HERE)
· How to Meet Reporting Requirements for Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (HERE)
· How States Can Allocate Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Local Governments (HERE)
· How to Use Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Ease Budget Shortfalls (HERE)
Members can also use this Revenue Loss Calculator (HERE) to measure losses in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (excel spreadsheet)
You can access all NLC resources for local governments regarding ARPA funds HERE.