Michigan Municipalities—Act Now on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The American Rescue plan includes $350 billion to be used nationally—distributed by the states to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments for COVID-19 emergency needs and to bring back jobs. The U.S. Department of Treasury’s funding objectives are:

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
  • Replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each government to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest hit by the crisis. These funds can also be used to make necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

The State of Michigan is requiring all Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (NEUs)—specifically metropolitan cities, counties, and townships—to formally request ARPA funding by July 27, 2021.

The online application process, through the state of Michigan’s Elite system, is NOW OPEN to request your municipality’s allocation of Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars through the ARPA. Details can be found on the Michigan Department of Treasury’s website.

This is the only time Michigan communities can request these funds! In order to receive this money communities must submit a formal request, along with the additional required documents. At this time it is not necessary to indicate how the funds will be used.

The Michigan Township Association (MTA) lays out the entire process for your convenience here.

MTA is also hosting a free Q&A Session on Thursday, July 15 at 12:00pm. Register for the webinar here.

Act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity! Prein&Newhof is available to assist with the application process. Give us a call at (616) 364–8491.

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