COVID-19 Local Fiscal Recovery Funding is Now Available

Source: Department of Community & Economic Development

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) signed by President Joseph R. Biden has allocated $6.15 billion to Pennsylvania counties, metropolitan cities, and local government units to support COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue, support economic stabilization for households and businesses, and address systemic public health and economic challenges.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has established that local governments that are NOT metropolitan cities or counties – called non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) – must access the funds through the commonwealth by visiting DCED’s Single Application webpage. You are receiving this email because DCED has identified your municipality as an NEU.

Allocation of funds to NEUs is based on the proportion of the population in the NEU as a share of the total population of all NEUs in the state. View the list of allocated amounts to each NEU in Pennsylvania. Local governments will receive funds in two tranches, with 50% provided beginning in May/June 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later.

Funding Uses

  • Support public health expenditures
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Replace lost public sector revenue
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure


Due to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s requirements that states disburse all funding within thirty (30) days of the state receiving the local funds, DCED strongly recommends local governments apply for funding within five (5) days.


If you have questions about your NEU allocation or the program call the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at 888.223.6837.