COVID-19 ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funding

Overview

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) has allocated $6.15 billion to Pennsylvania counties, metropolitan cities, and local government units to support COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue, support economic stabilization for households and businesses, and address systemic public health and economic challenges.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has established two separate methods for local governments to request these funds, depending on the type of local government.

  1. County governments and metropolitan city governments must request funds directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury via their Submission Portal webpage.
  2. Local governments that are NOT metropolitan cities or counties – called non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) – must request the funds through the commonwealth by visiting DCED’s Single Application system. To navigate through the application process, refer to our ARPA Single Application Navigation Guide.

For additional information on how to apply, view the How to Apply section below.

Allocation of funds to NEUs is based on the proportion of the population in the NEU as a share of the total population of all NEUs in the state. View the list of allocated amounts to each NEU in Pennsylvania. Local governments will receive funds in two tranches, with 50% provided beginning in May/June 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later.

Due to Treasury’s requirements that states must disburse all funding within 30 days of the state receiving the local funds, DCED strongly recommends local governments apply for funding within five (5) days.

Uses

The COVID-19 ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund will provide eligible state, local, and territorial governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs.

Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, funding for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. To learn more about the eligible uses of the program, reference the Frequently Asked Questions for the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program.

Eligibility

  • Counties
  • Metropolitan Cities
  • Local Government Units (NEUs)

How to Apply

The funds will be distributed in two ways:

1. Metropolitan Cities & Eligible Counties

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will distribute funds directly to eligible counties and metropolitan cities within Pennsylvania. In order to receive the funds, eligible counties and metropolitan cities must submit a request directly to the U.S. Department of the Treasury website.

To complete a submission on behalf of your jurisdiction, you will need the following information:

  • Jurisdiction name, taxpayer ID number, DUNS Number, and address
  • Authorized representative name, title, and email
  • Contact person name, title, phone, and email
  • Funds transfer information, including recipient’s financial institution, address, phone, and routing number and account number
  • Completed certification document (to be signed by the authorized representative)

Eligible jurisdictions will receive further communications regarding the status of their submission via the email address provided in the Treasury Submission Portal.

To obtain a DUNS number, register for a SAM.gov account, and other information or questions about submitting a request for funds, visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury website.


2. Local Government NEUs (local governments that are not metropolitan cities or counties)

Eligible local governments that are classified as non-entitlement units (NEUs) of local government should expect to receive this funding through their state. Municipal officials representing their non-county/non-city local government unit should request their funds through the Electronic Single Application system. To navigate through the application process, refer to our ARPA Single Application Navigation Guide.

Applicants should be prepared with the following information required by Treasury:

  • Local government name, Entity’s Taxpayer Identification Number, DUNS number, and address
  • Authorized representative name, title, and email
  • Contact person name, title, phone, and email
  • Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information)
  • Total NEU budget (defined as the annual total operating budget, including general fund and other funds, in effect as of January 27, 2020) or top-line expenditure total (in exceptional cases in which the NEU does not adopt a formal budget)
  • Award Terms and Conditions Agreement (as provided by Treasury to be signed)
  • Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as provided by Treasury to be signed)

DUNS and SAM Registration

For information about obtaining a DUNS number, visit the FDA DUNS Portal. Note, all Federal financial assistant recipients must have an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database. All Federal financial assistance recipients must register and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive Federal financial assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain an entity’s SAM registration. A new SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in registering could impact timely payment of funds.

For those applicants that have registered with SAMS, upload the SAMs confirmation email into the Single Application System when requesting funds.

Due to Treasury’s requirements that states disburse all funding within 30 days of the state receiving the local funds, DCED strongly recommends local governments apply for funding within five (5) days.

Additional Information

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