American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
TRORC is committed to assisted our communities with ARPA eligibility, reporting, and any other requirements. We will email out updates frequently and place those updates on this webpage. Please contact Sarah Wraight at [email protected] with any questions.
December 1, 2021 Update
- On November 15th, Treasury issued a revised version of their Guidance on Recipient Compliance and Reporting Responsibilities.
- Make sure that your municipality’s procurement policies are up to date. Treasury’s Guidance (p.8) specifies that if a municipality is using ARPA funds for procurement transactions for property or services, those transactions must be conducted in a manner consistent with the standards set forth in the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200.317 through 2 CFR 200.327. Non-competitive procurement is only permitted under certain circumstances. For an example of compliant procurement procedures, see TRORC’s policies on our website.
- VLCT has developed a calculator to help municipalities determine whether any of their ARPA awards can be allocated toward “revenue loss.” Revenue replacement expenditures are much more flexible than other ARPA expenditure categories, so it’s worth running the calculator to see how much of your award can be categorized as revenue loss. Even if your Town or village did not lose money during the pandemic, you can still claim revenue loss if annual municipal revenue growth has been less than 4.1%. NEMRC can provide technical assistance in running the calculator, and you can use ARPA dollars to pay them for their services.
- Early in 2022, TRORC will be organizing a regional forum for municipalities to share ideas for ARPA projects and ask questions. Stay tuned!
- As always, TRORC is available to help with eligibility questions and facilitate public discussions as needed. Please reach out to Sarah at [email protected].
August 26, 2021 Update
The following is a brief update on ARPA funding distribution to municipalities:
- By the end of the month, towns and villages should have received their first payment of local (“non-entitlement units of government” or NEUs) funding. The anticipated schedule of future payments is:
- 1st payment of reallocated County funds (no additional certification required): around Labor Day 2021
- 2nd NEU payment around August 2022
- 2nd payment of reallocated County funds: around Labor Day 2022
- A spreadsheet detailing the amounts that will be paid to each municipality is available here: https://www.vlct.org/news/county-arpa-redistribution-calculation-done
- We encourage everyone to be patient and deliberate in figuring out how to spend this funding. We expect that the federal regulations governing the use of these monies won’t be finalized until the end of the year. We’re also waiting to hear from the state and federal governments about new grant opportunities that local governments could access in addition to their ARPA funds. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is planning to hold a webinar this fall to provide Towns and Villages with an overview of new state grant opportunities.
- While we’re in this waiting period, municipalities are advised to gather community ideas for how funds could be used, and to develop a transparent process for selecting project ideas. Community brainstorming can be wide-ranging at this point; even if a project can’t be funded under ARPA, it might be covered by one of the ARPA-related state or federal grant programs that will be established in the near future. TRORC is happy to assist with facilitating community dialogues about ARPA funding; please reach out to us if you’re interested. We can also assist with dialogues between municipalities if there is interest in pooling funds for a joint project.
- Attached to this email you’ll find two helpful documents:
- Appendix 1 from Treasury’s Compliance and Reporting Guidance, which lists eligible expenditure categories for ARPA funding, at least as they currently stand per the draft federal regulations.
- A FAQ document from VLCT.
On June 8, the U.S. Treasury released an updated FAQ document that provide clarification on eligible expenses and reporting requirements for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund). This fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, provided $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities.
ARPA & Energy Information Session
Join the team of TRORC and Katie Buckley, Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ (VLCT) Director of ARPA Assistance and Coordination Program, to learn about how your town could use American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support local energy initiatives. Your town may be able to use ARPA funding to support energy efficiency projects in municipal buildings, or fund weatherization for income-qualified residents. Whether you have a project in mind or are just looking for inspiration, this information session will be an opportunity to ask all your questions related to ARPA and energy.
View the session here: https://youtu.be/tPcnR_l9ZfQ
Slide Deck: VLCT Slide Deck