New ARPA Guidance Available From US Treasury

The US Department of the Treasury has released its first official guidance on use of funds from the American Rescue Plan – including resources for state and local governments slated to manage local implementation of the ambitious program. Briefings TODAY from NACo will review the new offerings.

From the NACo website:

Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Additionally, the U.S. Treasury opened the new portal that counties must complete to receive Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Today, the U.S. Treasury and the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs will host two identical 30-minute introductory briefings on the new guidance. The briefings will be held today, May 10, at 4:00 p.m. EDT (register here) and 6:45 p.m. EDT (register here).

Since the package was signed into law, NACo has been supporting the U.S. Treasury’s efforts to successfully implement the Recovery Fund. Included in the guidance is the flexibility to use Recovery Funds to invest in broadband infrastructure, services and programs to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including capital investments in public facilities, investments in housing and neighborhoods and other guidance counties advocated for.

NACo will release an in-depth analysis of Treasury’s new guidance in the coming days.


Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties