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Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Update

OPB is facilitating the distribution of Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to 515 non-entitlement cities. The first tranche distribution list can be found by clicking the button below.

 

NEU Guidance

Overview

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) is the prime recipient of the State and Local Fiscal Relief, Capital Investment Projects, and Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Other funds made available through federal relief acts are directly allocated to other state and local entities. US Treasury has indicated that states will receive funds to distribute to non-entitlement cities within 30 days of certifying for the funds.

Funding Objectives

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
  • Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic

Preparing to Request Funding

There are a few steps you can take now to prepare to request funding from your state, including:

Obtain or confirm your local government’s valid DUNS number to be used at when the NEU applies with the State

Gather your local government’s payment information:

     o Local government name, Entity’s Taxpayer Identification Number, DUNS number, and address

     o Authorized representative name, title, and email

     o Contact person name, title, phone, and email

     o Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information)

Confirm your local government’s top-line budget total (defined as your local government’s total annual operating budget, including the general fund and other funds, in effect as of January 27, 2020)

  Review award terms and conditions agreement (the state will send an electronic copy to be signed through OPB’s GeorgiaCares portal so there is no need to send the pdf in advance.)

  Review assurances of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the state will send an electronic copy to be signed through OPB’s GeorgiaCares portal so there is no need to send the pdf in advance.)

Requesting Funding

Please await further instructions on how to request funding through the state. Once an official application process has begun, instructions will be sent out to all eligible NEUs. Please ensure that you have completed the preliminary requirements that were sent out and requested of eligible NEUs in order to apply for funds. 

For more information or questions concerning this process, please contact [email protected]

Eligibility and Allocations

Non-entitlement units, defined in section 603(g)(5) of the Social Security Act, as added by the American Rescue Plan Act, are generally local governments with populations of less than 50,000. Local governments that are not included in the Allocation for Metropolitan Cities table may be designated as non-entitlement units.

Non-entitlement units will receive Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through their state governments. The total available funding for the state of Georgia is $862 million, and the expeditious delivery of these funds are essential.
ARPA requires States’ allocations to NEUs to be based on the proportion of the population in the NEU as a share of the total population of all NEUs in the State. This requirement can be represented by the following formula:

𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑜𝑝𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝐸𝑈/𝑇𝑜𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑜𝑝𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑁𝐸𝑈𝑠 × 𝐴𝑔𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑁𝐸𝑈 𝑝𝑎𝑦𝑚𝑒𝑛t

States must use the population counts in the List, since these reflect the most recent data available from the Census Bureau.

Treasury Update 6/8/2021

On 6/8/2021 Treasury posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the distribution of funds to non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) under the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The document serves as a supplement to the main document of FAQs, available here. New questions added or updated today include 7.4 through 7.15.

Treasury also updated the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Per the document, 10 new questions were added to this version (noted with [6/8]). Those new questions include 2.16, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 4.7, 6.7, 8.2, 9.4, 9.5, 10.5.