American Rescue Plan

IMPORTANT UPDATE - May 5, 2021

The Single Audit Act - The Single Audit Act requires that all non-federal entities that expend more than $750,000 in federal awards in a year are required to obtain an audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget’s Circular A-133, the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget’s Circular Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. A single audit is intended to provide a cost-effective audit for non-federal entities, so one audit would be conducted in lieu of multiple audits of individual programs.

NLC suggests that municipalities begin budgeting to hire an auditing firm for a single audit if they believe they will expend more than $750,000 in federal awards in a year.

At this moment, it is unclear whether the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act can be used to pay auditors. In a call with Treasury and White House officials, NLC pushed hard for this to be an allowable use of funds under the American Rescue Plan Act.


IMPORTANT UPDATE - April 29, 2021

The State's Department of Budget and Management has requested that MML assist with compiling budget data for verification of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds consistent with the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act.  To that end, the League is asking that every city and town provide current year budget information by filling out THIS FORM.

An accurate receipt of your municipality's ARPA funds depends on providing this information.  We ask that you please do so by Friday, May 7, 2021.


IMPORTANT UPDATE - April 16, 2021:

In order to receive ARP Funds, all municipalities must ensure they have a valid DUNS number.
A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge.
If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, please visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.

Please see our US Treasury Guidance page for more details.

Informational Webinar Series

MML is hosting a three-part webinar series to help Maryland's municipalities through the ARP implementation. 

Part One - April 28, 2021
Mike Wallace, NLC's Legislative Director for Housing, Community and Economic Development pays a special visit to the Maryland Municipal League to discuss the latest on U.S. Treasury Department guidance as well as best practices for using ARP funds. ARP Funding Info Session - Part 1 Recording

Part Two - Planning for mid-May
Will discuss implementation and clarifying how funding can and can't be spent.

Part Three - Date TBD
Will discuss the reporting process

NLC Opens in new windowThe National League of Cities hosted weekly American Rescue Plan Act implementation information through April 23 with updates from NLC's Federal Advocacy team on how the Administration will be delivering this relief and what you need to know to access and administer for your communities. 

NLC has identified municipal officials frequently asked questions about Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grants, and have provided answers based on available information to help you prepare while we all wait for official guidance. These answers will be updated when additional information becomes available.  ARP Local Relief Frequently Asked Questions

Senate Democratic Leadership has provided the latest information on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The State and Local Fact Sheet includes a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) critical to local governments such as how ARPA funds may be used and how they will be distributed. MML will continue to provide these updates as they become available.

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN’S CORONAVIRUS STATE AND LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUNDS - Senator Cardin's Office - March 11, 2021

MML wishes to thank Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, along with the rest of the Maryland delegation, as well as the National League of Cities and their federal partners for their tireless effort in securing local government assistance in the American Rescue Plan Act.

Estimated Funding by Municipality 

Please note these calculations are subject to a cap of 75% of your most recent municipal budget and all funding numbers remain tentative until further validation from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

MunicipalityFunding
Aberdeen$13,388,636
Accident$260,769
Annapolis$6,638,082
Baltimore$555,169,555
Barclay$137,907
Barnesville$149,608
Barton$353,542
Bel Air$8,457,432
Berlin$4,066,989
Berwyn Heights$2,720,520
Betterton$264,112
Bladensburg$7,863,180
Boonsboro$3,054,839
Bowie$4,952,063
Brentwood$2,901,052
Brookeville$120,355
Brookview$48,476
Brunswick$5,425,160
Burkittsville$137,907
Cambridge$10,246,874
Capitol Heights$3,772,789
Cecilton$559,984
Centreville$4,132,181
Charlestown$999,613
Chesapeake Beach$5,039,857
Chesapeake City$577,536
Chestertown$4,221,612
Cheverly$5,372,505
Chevy Chase$2,494,019
Chevy Chase Sec. Five$586,730
Chevy Chase Sec. Three$663,623
Chevy Chase View$819,081
Chevy Chase Village$1,718,399
Church Creek$101,131
Church Hill$629,355
Clear Spring$302,559
College Park$26,881,746
Colmar Manor$1,215,249
Cottage City$1,133,341
Crisfield$2,142,984
Cumberland$20,180,125
Deer Park$307,573
Delmar$2,803,264
Denton$3,771,117
District Heights$5,001,411
Eagle Harbor$57,670
East New Market$315,096
Easton$13,933,575
Edmonston$1,245,338
Eldorado$47,640
Elkton$13,056,824
Emmitsburg$2,672,880
Fairmount Heights$1,272,083
Federalsburg$2,224,056
Forest Heights$2,142,984
Frederick$10,315,061
Friendsville$400,347
Frostburg$7,108,455
Fruitland$4,437,247
Funkstown$727,979
Gaithersburg$11,267,503
Galena$486,434
Galestown$111,161
Garrett Park$876,751
Glen Echo$225,665
Glenarden$5,134,302
Goldsboro$192,233
Grantsville$722,965
Greenbelt$19,410,555
Greensboro$1,568,791
Hagerstown$20,037,064
Hampstead$5,349,938
Hancock$1,277,934
Havre de Grace$11,716,205
Hebron$916,034
Henderson$119,519
Highland Beach$91,938
Hillsboro$130,384
Hurlock$1,691,654
Hyattsville$15,236,583
Indian Head$3,177,701
Keedysville$1,020,508
Kensington$1,946,572
Kitzmiller$253,247
La Plata$8,049,563
Landover Hills$1,367,364
Laurel$21,422,318
Laytonsville$318,439
Leonardtown$3,196,089
Loch Lynn Heights$442,973
Lonaconing$925,228
Luke$50,148
Manchester$4,054,452
Mardela Springs$293,365
Martin's Additions$829,947
Marydel$116,176
Middletown$4,005,140
Midland$346,020
Millington$504,822
Morningside$1,068,985
Mount Airy$7,904,970
Mount Rainer$6,764,107
Mountain Lake Park$1,733,443
Myersville$1,536,195
New Carrollton$10,805,186
New Market$616,818
New Windsor$1,168,445
North Beach$1,704,191
North Brentwood$460,524
North Chevy Chase$497,299
North East$3,043,973
Oakland$1,516,972
Ocean City$5,803,776
Oxford$506,493
Perryville$3,693,388
Pittsville$1,231,965
Pocomoke City$3,416,739
Poolesville$4,382,921
Port Deposit$637,713
Port Tobacco$12,537
Preston$587,565
Princess Anne$2,936,156
Queen Anne$178,025
Queenstown$580,879
Ridgely$1,384,916
Rising Sun$2,324,352
Riverdale Park$6,017,740
Rock Hall$1,064,806
Rockville$56,900,239
Rosemont$269,127
Salisbury$9,657,490
Seat Pleasant$3,960,007
Secretary$417,899
Sharpsburg$540,761
Sharptown$549,955
Smithsburg$2,485,661
Snow Hill$1,713,384
Somerset$1,063,970
St. Michaels$869,229
Sudlersville$396,168
Sykesville$3,308,085
Takoma Park$14,814,506
Taneytown$5,697,630
Templeville$97,788
Thurmont$5,762,822
Trappe$835,797
Union Bridge$804,873
University Park$2,198,982
Upper Marlboro$562,492
Vienna$221,486
Walkersville$5,361,639
Washington Grove$468,882
Westernport$1,442,586
Westminster$15,579,260
Willards$843,319
Williamsport$1,745,980
Woodsboro$1,060,627

Allowable Uses of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

  • Respond to or mitigate the COVID-19 health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, nonprofits, and aid for tourism, travel, and hospitality;
  • To provide essential workers with premium pay;
  • Cover revenue loss as a result incurred as a result of the COVID-19 emergency; or
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure 

Prohibited uses of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

  • Funds may not be used to support any pension fund or to offset a tax cut

The U.S. Treasury Department will be working on clarifying these guidelines and we will post that information here as it becomes available.

Guiding Research

American Rescue Plan Spending: Recommended Guiding Principles

For many jurisdictions, the funding provided under ARPA is substantial and could be transformational for states and local governments in their pandemic rescue and recovery efforts. Elected leaders will need to decide how to best use the additional funding consistent with the ARPA requirements, which are very broad.
Resource Guide from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

What Every Local and Tribal Government Needs to Know About the Federal Stimulus

The role local and tribal governments play in supporting their communities has been newly acknowledged with another tranche of COVID-19 relief funding and additional emergency responsibilities to match. Employees might be rehired, deferred maintenance projects may resume, services previously cut could return.
Resource Guide from eCivis &