American Rescue Plan: National Resources

National League of Cities

Resources

Allocation Tracker

NLC, has created an Estimated Local Allocation Tracker for the ARP. Congress continues to refine the estimates for allocations from the State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds, but estimations for each municipality have been released. Use NLC’s new allocation tracker to find out how much your community is eligible for.

ARP Summary of Provisions

NLC has created an extensive, searchable summary of provisions relevant to municipalities and local leaders in this historic legislation. You can find the link here.

Local Recovery: Five Principles for ARP Implementation

NLC staff has written a CitiesSpeak blog on five principles for ARP implementation.

Spending Guidance

NLC compiled the most frequently asked questions related to the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to offer additional guidance as they receive it from Treasury. Municipalities can continue to share questions and feedback around the American Rescue Plan Act through this form.

On March 25, 2021, NLC sent a letter to the Treasury asking for guidanc and offering feedback from local elected officials. Included is an file with missing and miscategorized cities, towns, and villages as the House Committee’s data runs did not properly account for these communities.

NLC is continuing to work with the U.S. Department of Treasury on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act in our nation’s municipalities, writing letters to the Department on the details and timing of the anticipated guidance, and working to make suggestions on behalf all local governments.

NLC encourages patience until Treasury can provide an accurate and official calculation of grants to municipal governments. In the meantime, local leaders: continue to assess the needs in your community.

• In the final version of the legislation, all recipients of money will have to provide periodic reports to Treasury.

• Entitlement Cities will receive a direct allocation from the Treasury Department within 60 days of the bill signing.

• Non-Entitlement cities will receive a pass through from their state within 30 days.

• There is iron clad language in the ARP that uses the word “shall” to ensure that states pass the money through to municipalities.

• The Secretary of Treasury can allow up to 120 days for the state to pass through the money if they can show undue burden, including penalties on the states if they do not share.

Events

NLC Update Call #4: American Rescue Plan Implementation

April 9, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

NLC wants to help you be responsible stewards of relief funds and utilize other relief programs available through ARP. Join us this week to receive updates from the Federal Advocacy team on incoming guidance from the Treasury Department and principles that municipalities can begin to follow now in preparation. We will also take your questions and feedback so that we can develop more robust guidance and technical assistance.

NLC Update Call #3: American Rescue Plan Implementation and Biden Jobs Plan

Recorded on April 2

NLC wants to keep you informed on the latest implementation details on the American Rescue Plan (ARP), as well as the significant action by the President this week on infrastructure and jobs which NLC has been a consistent champion on. Join us this week to receive updates and the latest guidance available.

NLC Update Call #2: American Rescue Plan Implementation

Recorded on March 26

NLC wants to help you be responsible stewards of these relief funds. Join us this week to receive updates from the Federal Advocacy team on how the Administration will be delivering this relief. We will also take your questions and feedback so that we can develop more robust guidance and technical assistance.

NLC Update Call #1: American Rescue Plan Implementation

Recorded on March 19

After a year of relentless advocacy, the National League of Cities helped deliver $65.1 billion in COVID-19 relief to all of America’s cities, towns and villages.  Local officials from across the country: your leadership helped push this bill over the finish line. Now, NLC wants to help you be responsible stewards of these relief funds. Join us weekly for a half-hour webinar series through April 23rd, to receive updates from the Federal Advocacy team on how the Administration will be delivering this relief and what you need to know to access and administer for your communities.

Unpacking the American Rescue Plan – How State & Local Partnerships Can Support Afterschool & Summer Learning

April 6, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 has changed virtually every facet of life, bringing to light the necessary changes needed to build stronger, more resilient communities. Afterschool and summer learning programs have historically addressed key community priorities such as public safety, mental wellness and health, college and career exploration and readiness, along with opportunities to connect with caring adults and mentors. During the pandemic, these programs have been even more of a lifeline.

On Thursday, March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan marking a significant investment in the supports and services that will be critical in the country’s recovery – including afterschool and summer learning programs.

Join our interactive meeting discussion to connect with state and local leaders from your region to learn more about the funding opportunities available through the American Rescue Plan. Hear from our experts at the National League of Cities and the Afterschool Alliance about updates on funding breakdowns, implementation, and considerations for supporting youth and families this school year and beyond. This meeting is open to all 50 States and U.S. Territories.

International City/County Management Association

To the Rescue: How the American Rescue Act of 2021 Can Help Your Locality Recover & Rebuild

March 24, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

ICMA and Sustainable Strategies DC will provide a 90-minute training session and valuable guidance materials on a March 24, 1:00 PM (ET) webinar.

Just under a year since the shut-down of America and its communities because of the COVID-19 virus, on March 11, 2021 President Joe Biden signed into law the comprehensive, far-reaching $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Act of 2021”. Local governments and community organizations will soon have access to substantial funding for fiscal relief, economic recovery, infrastructure, health and human services, housing assistance, food security, support for local non-profits, support for small businesses, rejuvenation of the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors – and more.

ICMA and Sustainable Strategies DC will provide a 90-minute training session and valuable guidance materials on a March 24, 1:00 PM ET webinar. This “To the Rescue” training session will provide practical, how-to information on issues including:

• Funding that will come to every unit of local government under the “Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund,” and how you can use those funds in proactive ways to revitalize your community, non-profits, small businesses, and infrastructure – as well as partner with your state government for those same activities using state-allocations of the Recovery Fund.

• Other funding in the Rescue Act for economic recovery and development, infrastructure, travel and tourism, restaurants, small business relief, transit, health and human services, food security, support for the homeless, and other critical local activities.

• A look ahead on even more resources that could become available in the pending FAST Act transportation legislation reauthorization (including earmarked projects), congressional FY2022 appropriations bills, earmarking of congressional funding for “community projects,” and the next round of stimulus under President Biden’s “Build Back Better Recovery” proposals.

Registrants for the training webcast will also receive a copy of the powerpoint deck with direct hyperlinks to the federal government sources of information on these forthcoming funds and programs, and a “Rescue & Recovery Guide” produced by Sustainable Strategies DC and ICMA for this March 24 session.

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