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Quick Facts on the American Rescue Plan

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The American Rescue Plan will provide $350 billion in fiscal relief funding for state, local and Tribal governments, so they can continue supporting the public health response and laying the foundation for a strong and equitable economic recovery. This opportunity is tremendous, yet potentially overwhelming for busy communities.

In keeping with Bartlett & West’s mission, leading our communities to a better tomorrow, we have outlined the latest facts below. Whether you need help planning and executing shovel-ready projects or preparing status reports to comply with your federal funding requirements, Bartlett & West has a team of experts ready to walk with you through the process.

Funding for critical projects will include: 

  • $195 billion for states
  • $65.1 billion to counties (allocated based on share of the national population).
  • $45.6 billion to metropolitan cities (population 50,000+)
  • $19.5 billion to municipalities (population under 50,000)
  • $20 billion for tribal governments
  • $4.5 billion for territories

Two-year funding certainty

  • Grants will be released in two groups: half following enactment and half about 12 months after receipt of first payment.

Spending deadline

  • Funding will be available until December 31, 2024.

Grant calculations based on a modified Community Development Block Grant formula

Among cities with 50,000-plus residents, funding targets greatest need, based on: 

  • Population size
  • Poverty rates
  • Measures of housing instability

Among cities with fewer than 50,000 residents, funding targets simplification, based on: 

  • Population size

Eligible expenditures

  • Assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality.
  • Premium pay to essential workers performing essential work during the COVID–19 public health emergency.
  • Lost revenue replacement for cities, counties or non-entitlement units of local government due to the COVID–19 public health emergency.
  • Necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure (additional guidance from the Department of Treasury is forthcoming).

Pre-application requirements

Valid DUNS number: This applies to all recipients, including non-entitlement units of local government even though they will receive their distribution from the state.

Active SAM registration

  • All Federal financial assistance recipients must register on SAM.gov and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status and remain eligible to receive federal financial assistance. Visit http://www.sam.gov to begin the process.

Payment information

  • Entity Identification Number (EIN), name, and contact information
  • Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity
  • Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information)

Other funds

  • $100 million is designated for the Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2021.
  • $50 million is designated for grants, contracts, and other agency activities that address disproportionate environmental or public health harms and risks in minority or low-income populations.

Access to credit for small businesses

  • $50 billion for Small Business Administration
  • $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program
  • $15 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to businesses in low-income communities
  • $10 billion for the State Small Business Credit Initiative

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