On March 11, 2021 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package or American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill, was passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law.
The purpose of the bill is to send relief to states and local governments affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic allowing them to better respond to the resulting public health needs and economic hardships that communities continue to experience nationwide.
Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs)
Local governments with populations under 50,000 will receive an allocation determined by the U.S. Treasury that will be distributed by the state. The allocation amount is determined by the U.S. Treasury based on population and needs within that population. The allocation will be distributed in 2 separate tranches. The first tranche will be distributed within 30 days of the funding being issued to the state. The second tranche will be distributed no earlier than one year after the first tranche was received.
To assist in preparing for the NEU certification for ARP, please use this checklist prior to completing the certification. NEUs will use the Grants Portal (link below). While ARP is not a grant, DOLA is using the Grant Portal as an established mechanism for distributing funds. For questions on how to create an account in the Grants Portal, please watch the posted webinar below.
Counties and Metro Cities
All counties and Metro Cities will be receiving direct allocations from the U.S. Treasury. Metro Cities are defined and identified by the U.S. Treasury as communities with populations over 50,000.
How to Request Funding for Counties and Metro Cities:
1. Navigate to the U.S. Treasury Request Funding Page
2. Review Eligibility Criteria
3. Click on “Treasury Submission Portal”
4. Complete the form
Eligible Spending Resources
American Rescue Plan Interim Final Rule
American Rescue Plan
Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds FAQ
American Rescue Plan FACT Sheet
ARP NEU Guidance
Coronavirus Recovery Funds Quick Reference Guide
Regional Team Contacts: