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Important American Rescue Plan Update: For Local Governments

June 2, 2021

Stock and Leader has discussed the American Rescue Plan (the “Act”) in multiple blogs, which can be found here and here. In the most recent post, Stock and Leader discussed for what purposes the funds can be used. Now, guidance has been released on when and how local governments can apply for such funds.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (the “DCED”) announced that local governments can begin applying for their funding under the Act. In an email issued this morning, June 2, 2021, the DCED stated that local governments with less than 50,000 residents need to apply for funds through the “Single Application” website, which can be found here. The DCED released guidance on how to apply through the “Single Application” website, which can be found here.

The DCED is urgently requesting that local governments apply for the funds by Monday, June 7, 2021. The first distribution of funds will be available this month and will be released after an application is submitted. Local governments can find more information on the DCED website, which can be found here, and they can email covidarpa@pa.gov for additional questions about their funds.

To further discuss these guidelines, the Municipal Group hosted a webinar for local government officicals on June 11, 2021 at 12pm. As always, the Municipal Group can help local governments navigate this Act along with other legal needs.

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