American Rescue Plan Guidelines Discussions

Posted on May 14, 2021 by Dene Westbrook

In case you missed the recent webinar by the National League of Cities about the new American Rescue Plan guidelines, no worries – the Michigan Municipal League has you covered in a couple ways.

First, we have the PowerPoint presentation that the NLC gave on Wednesday and you can view that here. Want to watch it again? Or maybe you missed it live? Go here to watch the on-demand recording, download the slides, or view all the other great resources shared. Visit the NLC’s  COVID-19 resource hub here.

Second, on Monday at noon, the Michigan Municipal League will host a special edition of our Live with the League show featuring the NLC’s Michael Gleeson. Gleeson and our Lansing team will discuss the new American Rescue Plan guidelines and what they mean for your community. We’ll also answer as many of your questions as we can. Register for the free Live with the League event here.

Here are some key takeaways from Wednesday’s NLC event and things we will discuss further on Monday:

  • Final allocations for Metropolitan cities (populations over 50k) have been released and they can begin requesting funds.
  • Guidance for Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (populations below 50K), including allocations and receiving instructions, is expected to be released in the coming days.
  • Framework for Interim Rule are divided into three categories: non-exclusive lists of allowable expenditures, encouraged expenditures, and prohibited expenditures.

Here are some additional documents and links from the NLC and MML detailing the guidelines and allocations:

In addition, the NLC is asking our members to share their ARP-related story and questions using this tool. Sharing your American Rescue Plan Act questions and your municipality’s story will assist the NLC in amplifying the issues our communities are tackling. Your continued feedback and patience will be very helpful as NLC works to catalogue the influx of questions. The NLC and the MML will continue develop and share guidance that is critical to your response efforts over the course of the next two months.

Here is a video from the League about our new talking points (printable pdf of the talking points is here):

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