American Rescue Plan

Updated Guidance from the U.S. Treasury

NEW! On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Treasury issued the final rule implementing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program under the American Rescue Plan. The final rule – which takes effect on April 1, 2022 – provides state, local, and Tribal governments with even broader flexibility to pursue a wider range of uses to respond to local public health and economic needs – as well as greater simplicity so they can focus on responding to the needs in their communities and maximizing the impact of their funds. 

Prior to April 1, 2022, recipients may take actions and use funds in a manner consistent with the final rule, and Treasury will not take action to enforce the Interim final rule if a use of funds is consistent with the terms of the final rule, regardless of when the SLFRF funds were used. Please see the Statement Regarding Compliance with the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule and Final Rule for more information.

Recipients are especially encouraged to consult the Overview of the Final Rule, which is a user guide that boils the rule text down into an easy-to-understand summary. The Overview of the Final Rule includes a non-exhaustive list of projects that recipients can undertake with these funds without undergoing additional independent analysis.

The Maryland Municipal League wishes to thank the National League of Cities for their regular updates on Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF).  

On December 14, 2021, the U.S. Treasury released a new Agreements and Supporting Documents User Guide for Non-Entitlement Units of Government (NEUs). This thirteen page document provides NEUs with information on how to use Treasury's Portal to submit information in accordance with the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Compliance & Reporting Guidance. You'll find the U.S. Treasury's complete December 14 announcement regarding NEU Portal Notification here.

On November 15, 2021, the U.S. Treasury released an update of their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document including much anticipated updates on Compliance & Reporting responsibilities.

For additional information, including guidance specific to Non-entitlement Units of local government, visit the U.S. Department of Treasury's Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds page.

ARPA Educational Webinars for NEUs

All educational webinars related to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) can now be found on the State of Maryland's Open Data Portal page for Non-Entitlement Unit recipients of CLFRF funds. Topics include Planning & Implementation (August 5), Calculating Revenue Loss (November 23), and Uniform Guidance Compliance Requirements (December 14).

The State of Maryland's ARP-NEU Landing Page remains the go-to resource for non-entitlement units seeking ARPA CLFRF information relevant to Maryland's cities and towns, including an NEU Question Submission Portal.

Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Playbook (NLC)

The National League of Cities recently released an ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Playbook that provides a helpful summary of resources and process related to the American Rescue Plan Act.

What is Your Municipality Using ARPA Funds For?

Municipalities throughout the state are interested in learning how other cities and towns are using their State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to deal with pandemic impacts, address the economic fallout, and build a strong and equitable recovery. To that end, the Maryland Municipal League would love to hear how your town is allocating ARPA funding so that we can share this information with other municipalities. Please send this information to MML Education Services Director Tom Reynolds at tomr@mdmunicipal.org.

Existing resources showing what local governments are doing elsewhere around the country have been created by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Compliance and Reporting Guidance Update

As announced on September 30, 2021, the U.S. Treasury has extended the deadline for submission of the first Project and Expenditure Reports, which were originally due on October 31, 2021, as follows: 

  • For States, U.S. territories, metropolitan cities and counties, and Tribal Governments, 
    the report will now be due on January 31, 2022 and will cover the period between award 
    date and December 31, 2021. 
  • For non-entitlement units of government (NEUs), the Project and Expenditure report will 
    now be due on April 30, 2022 and will cover the period between award date and March 
    31, 2022. 

Further instructions will be provided at a later date, including updates to this Compliance and Re-porting guidance as well as a user guide to assist recipients to gather and submit the information through Treasury's Portal.

ARPA Community Engagement Tool

The ARPA Engagement Package by Polco connects leaders with residents, local businesses, and
each other. With high-quality standardized surveys, the Polco engagement platform, and online
reporting dashboards - this comprehensive package uncovers community needs and helps align funds with economic priorities. Learn more here.

Informational Webinar Series

Webinar Four - Thursday, August 5, 2021

Maryland Department of Budget & Management along with Hagerty Consulting provide information on how plan and implement the ARPA funding.

Guiding Research

American Rescue Plan Spending: Recommended Guiding Principles

For many jurisdictions, the funding provided under ARPA is substantial and could be transformational for states and local governments in their pandemic rescue and recovery efforts. Elected leaders will need to decide how to best use the additional funding consistent with the ARPA requirements, which are very broad.
Resource Guide from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)