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Overview of the American Rescue Plan (March 24, 2021)
Overview of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) prior to the US Treasury’s release of guidance. This training covers the broad scope of the ARP and the text of the ARP.

US Treasury Interim Rule – Eligible Uses of the Funds (May 13, 2021)
This training walks through the 151-page Interim Rule released by the US Treasury, and provides an overview of the timeline to spend the funds, eligible and ineligible uses, and reporting requirements.

Water & Sewer Training and NEU Guidance (June 2, 2021)
The first half of this training covers the forms DF&A requires NEUs to complete in order to receive their distribution of ARP funds. In the last half of the training, the Arkansas Natural Resource Division walks through eligible water and sewer projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

  • Video (Access code: Rescue_62$$)
  • How to Complete Required DF&A Rescue Forms (PDF)
  • Eligible Water & Sewer Projects (AR Natural Resources Division) (PDF)
  • Eligible Water & Sewer Projects II (PDF)

Premium Pay (June 8, 2021)
This training covers both retrospective and prospective premium pay, and details the essential workers who are eligible for it, those who are not eligible, the maximum hourly rate and the maximum amount. 

Subawards & Transfers (June 9, 2021)
This training discusses the way cities and towns can partner with other governments, nonprofits and for-profit organizations to address areas of the four categories of eligible use of the funds: Public health, negative economic impact, premium pay, and water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. Includes a brief review of the mechanics of subawards and an introduction to the Uniform Grant Guidance. 

  • Video (Access code: 6921Rescue!)
  • Presentation (PDF)

​Compliance & Reporting Guidance (June 23, 2021)

  • Video (Access code: #@8$BTyr)
  • Presentation (PDF)

Lost Revenue (June 30, 2021)

​Broadband (July 7, 2021)

​Municipal Purchasing (July 14, 2021)

​Final Overview (July 21, 2021)

  • Video (Access code: 0U$!&*WY)
  • Presentation (PDF)


American Rescue Plan Act Subtitle M
Section of the ARPA specific to local governments. (PDF)

US Treasury FAQs (As of June 24, 2021) (PDF)

FAQs on Distribution of Funds to Non-entitlement Units of Local Government (June 30, 2021)
This supplemental document contains answers to FAQs regarding the distribution of funds to non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF / CLFRF, or Fiscal Recovery Funds). (PDF)

US Treasury Guidance Interim Final Rule ARP (May 17, 2021)
Interim Final Rule sets forth additional rules that must be followed by cities and towns. It includes more information on the eligible uses of the Rescue Plan's Fiscal Recover Funds grants, explains how the funds will be distributed, describes the reporting framework and potential consequences of ineligible expenses(PDF)

Population Figures Used to Compute American Rescue Grant Amounts 
City/town name and 2019 population estimate. (PDF)

Non-Metro Checklist for Requesting Initial Payment 
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration information on how NEUs request funding. (PDF)

Water & Sewer Projects
The Interim Final Rule aligns eligible uses with the categories of projects that would be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The handbooks below walk through eligible uses under the DWSRF and CWSRF. 

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Eligibility Handbook (PDF)
  • Overview of Clean Water State Revolving Fund Eligibilities (PDF)

Helpful Links

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