American Rescue Plan
IMPORTANT UPDATE - May 5, 2021
The Single Audit Act - The Single Audit Act requires that all non-federal entities that expend more than $750,000 in federal awards in a year are required to obtain an audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget’s Circular A-133, the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget’s Circular Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. A single audit is intended to provide a cost-effective audit for non-federal entities, so one audit would be conducted in lieu of multiple audits of individual programs.
NLC suggests that municipalities begin budgeting to hire an auditing firm for a single audit if they believe they will expend more than $750,000 in federal awards in a year.
At this moment, it is unclear whether the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act can be used to pay auditors. In a call with Treasury and White House officials, NLC pushed hard for this to be an allowable use of funds under the American Rescue Plan Act.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - April 29, 2021
The State's Department of Budget and Management has requested that MML assist with compiling budget data for verification of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds consistent with the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act. To that end, the League is asking that every city and town provide current year budget information by filling out THIS FORM.
An accurate receipt of your municipality's ARPA funds depends on providing this information. We ask that you please do so by Friday, May 7, 2021.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - April 16, 2021:
In order to receive ARP Funds, all municipalities must ensure they have a valid DUNS number.
A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge.
If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, please visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.
Please see our US Treasury Guidance page for more details.
Informational Webinar Series
MML is hosting a three-part webinar series to help Maryland's municipalities through the ARP implementation.
Part One - April 28, 2021
Mike Wallace, NLC's Legislative Director for Housing, Community and Economic Development pays a special visit to the Maryland Municipal League to discuss the latest on U.S. Treasury Department guidance as well as best practices for using ARP funds. ARP Funding Info Session - Part 1 Recording
Part Two - Planning for mid-May
Will discuss implementation and clarifying how funding can and can't be spent.
Part Three - Date TBD
Will discuss the reporting process
The National League of Cities hosted weekly American Rescue Plan Act implementation information through April 23 with updates from NLC's 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.
- NLC Update Call #1: March 19, 2021 (recording)
- NLC Update Call #2: March 26, 2021 (recording)
- NLC Update Call #3: April 2, 2021 (recording)
- NLC Update Call #4: April 9, 2021 (recording)
- NLC Update Call #5: April 16, 2021 (recording)
- NLC Update Call #6: April 23, 2021 - (recording)
NLC has identified municipal officials frequently asked questions about Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grants, and have provided answers based on available information to help you prepare while we all wait for official guidance. These answers will be updated when additional information becomes available.
Senate Democratic Leadership has provided the latest information on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The State and Local Fact Sheet includes a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) critical to local governments such as how ARPA funds may be used and how they will be distributed. MML will continue to provide these updates as they become available.
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN’S CORONAVIRUS STATE AND LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUNDS - Senator Cardin's Office - March 11, 2021
MML wishes to thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, along with the rest of the Maryland delegation, as well as the National League of Cities and their federal partners for their tireless effort in securing local government assistance in the American Rescue Plan Act.
Estimated Funding by Municipality
Please note these calculations are subject to a cap of 75% of your most recent municipal budget and all funding numbers remain tentative until further validation from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
|Chevy Chase Sec. Five||$586,730|
|Chevy Chase Sec. Three||$663,623|
|Chevy Chase View||$819,081|
|Chevy Chase Village||$1,718,399|
|East New Market||$315,096|
|Havre de Grace||$11,716,205|
|Loch Lynn Heights||$442,973|
|Mountain Lake Park||$1,733,443|
|North Chevy Chase||$497,299|
Allowable Uses of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
- Respond to or mitigate the COVID-19 health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, nonprofits, and aid for tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- To provide essential workers with premium pay;
- Cover revenue loss as a result incurred as a result of the COVID-19 emergency; or
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
Prohibited uses of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
- Funds may not be used to support any pension fund or to offset a tax cut
The U.S. Treasury Department will be working on clarifying these guidelines and we will post that information here as it becomes available.
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)
What Every Local and Tribal Government Needs to Know About the Federal Stimulus
The role local and tribal governments play in supporting their communities has been newly acknowledged with another tranche of COVID-19 relief funding and additional emergency responsibilities to match. Employees might be rehired, deferred maintenance projects may resume, services previously cut could return.
Resource Guide from eCivis &