NLC’s Federal Advocacy Newsletter

Resources for COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery

Federal agencies continue to release guidance and funding for programs under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The National League of Cities (NLC) is here to answer questions and support your responsible stewardship of these critical funding opportunities with tools and guidance. We encourage you to visit our FAQ page regularly for the latest updates and to submit additional questions. In addition to ARPA implementation, NLC is strongly advocating for a comprehensive infrastructure package to help America’s cities, towns and villages rebuild. We will continue to share critical legislative updates and actions that local leaders should take to strengthen our communities.

Here is how you can take action:

Initiative: Vaccinating Hard-to-Reach Communities
Resource: Treasury Reporting Guidance
Act: Tell Congress to Move on Infrastructure Investment

Response and Recovery

Help is Here For You!
On June 23, the Treasury Department released an updated FAQ document related to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. If you have general questions about the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, please email the U.S. Department of Treasury at or call 844-529-9527

NLC Submits Recommendations for Municipal Grants Under the American Rescue Plan
NLC has submitted its comments to the U.S. Treasury on the Interim Final Rule to implement the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds established under ARPA. NLC invites anyone, including localities and community stakeholders, to submit their own comments on the rule through the website. The deadline for submitting comments is July 16th. Learn More >

Strategies for Developing Regional Economic Connectivity
This brief identifies factors that support local engagement in regional economies, how these factors vary for urban and rural places, and whether the benefits of economic connectivity are equitably distributed among places and people in regions. Regional economic connectivity encourages communities to align with and leverage their region’s economic strength to promote local growth.Learn More >

ARPA Local Relief Frequently Asked Questions
As Treasury released additional guidance related to reporting and eligible uses of Fiscal Relief Funds over the past month, NLC continues to address FAQ’s available on our resource hub. Learn More >

GSA Procurement Trainings
The Government Service Administration (GSA) is hosting several trainings on how to use their Multiple Award Schedules, which is a procurement option, and other programs to help state, local, and tribal governments access numerous certified and secure products and services. The first training on July 20 will offer an overview of GSA programs. Register Here >

City Fiscal Conditions Survey
NLC is inviting municipal officials to participate in the 36th Annual City Fiscal Conditions survey. Your response to this year’s survey will help us understand how ARPA funding will impact city finances and better understand your needs and priorities moving forward. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, July 19. Take the Survey >


NLC Infrastructure Negotiations Letter to Congress
As House and Senate leaders negotiate toward a bipartisan infrastructure proposal, NLC continues to support a comprehensive infrastructure package that invests with cities in the infrastructure we need. Learn More >

Highlight Your Ready to Rebuild Infrastructure Project
Local governments are ready to rebuild and to make their cities better places to live. NLC will keep calling on Congress directly to invest in local infrastructure and prepare for a better future, but we need cities to speak up for themselves too. Learn More >

Road Safety Mini-Series
NLC has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration on a Road Safety Webinar mini-series specifically for cities. Each session in the series will raise awareness on emerging, effective strategies and technologies that improve road safety. Register Here >