ARPA Updates & Resources

American Rescue Plan - Updates & Resources

This resource area is for informational purposes. It is not meant, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice in any particular situation. The information herein is not a substitute for consultation with legal counsel or other specific guidance on the subject. The documents, media reports and statutes are only current as of the dates of publication.

What is ARPA?

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are a once in a generation injection of capital into all levels of government to respond to the COVID–19 public health emergency and its economic impacts. Local leaders, with public input, will have discretion over how to spend these allocations. The State of Maine will not be allowed to add additional rules to the roughly $250 million distributed directly to municipalities.

It is not common though certainly not unheard of for businesses to solicit organizations regarding NEU ARPA funds, DUNS numbers, and/or SAM.gov registrations for a fee. For instance, in the past we have been informed of fraudulent SAM.gov renewal notices circulating, erroneously claiming that a SAM.gov renewal fee is due and linking the reader to a non-SAM.gov website. Keep in mind: It is FREE to apply for and to maintain the registrations required for NEU distribution via this program. If you hear from a company claiming to represent the government and/or asking you to contact them and pay them money, be cautious. If by chance an organization has paid a fee, the fee can be disputed typically within 60 days.
 

MMA ARPA Reporting & Compliance Webinar - April 13, 2022

Click here to view the webinar.

Funding Objectives and Eligible Uses

The American Rescue Plan Act has four funding objectives:

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

To meet the above funding objectives, the US Treasury created eligible expenditure categories:

  • Public Health (EC 1)
  • Negative Economic Impacts (EC 2)
  • Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities (EC 3)
  • Premium Pay (EC 4)
  • Water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure (EC 5)
  • Revenue Replacement (EC 6)
  • Administrative and other (EC 7)

Click here for more details on eligible expenditure categories

Click here for NLC’s Local Action Tracker for a collection of all municipal responses to COVID-19 and proposed ARPA expenditures

Reporting and Compliance

Treasury has launched its portal for ARPA reporting. It is still too early to begin submitting reports. To prepare, consider creating your ID.me account and gaining initial access to your portal account.

General Compliance and Reporting Guidance

All Treasury Webinars

Click Here for Treasury’s ARPA Portal

Meet MMA’s ARPA Team

Catherine Conlow, Executive Director

Kate Dufour, Director, Advocacy & Communications

Richard Flewelling, Staff Attorney, Legal Services

Neal Goldberg, Legislative Advocate, Advocacy & Communications

Rebecca McMahon, Staff Attorney, Legal Services

Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services

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