Treasury Releases Final Rule for ARPA COVID Relief Funds

Source: National League of Cities

Final Rule on ARPA SLFRF Grants: 10 Things for Local Leaders to Know

Last week, the Treasury released their Final Rule for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). The new final rule is more comprehensive and significantly longer than the interim rule, arriving at over 400 pages. Most of the new content is aimed at providing greater clarity, direction, and examples for rules that were already in effect under the interim rule.

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Response and Recovery

NLC Applauds Treasury’s Final Rule on Local COVID Relief Funds
The SLFRF program is a lifeline for communities across the country, especially as our response to the COVID pandemic continues to evolve in the face of new surges. The National League of Cities applauds the work of Treasury’s team in crafting the final rule and the team’s willingness to work with NLC and our state municipal league partners to reflect the needs of communities large and small across the nation.
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Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Compliance: Audit Readiness
This webinar will highlight what auditors will be looking for and how municipalities with limited experience administering federal awards can prepare for the single audit process and ensure that they utilize this historic funding opportunity appropriately.
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ARPA Office Hour: Grant Writing & Reporting
NLC’s Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Jenn Steinfeld, will share tips, tricks, and insight gleaned from more than two decades of grant writing experience in the nonprofit, local government, and higher education sectors. Steinfeld will be joined by city leaders who will share their own success strategies and lessons learned in grant writing. This event is for NLC members only.
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EPA, Army Corps Seek Comment on WOTUS Proposal
EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking comments on a proposed rule defining which waterbodies are federally protected as “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The agencies propose to put back into place the pre-2015 definition, updated to reflect consideration of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Comments can be submitted through the Federal Register by Feb. 7.
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EPA Announces Path Forward on Lead and Copper Rule
After months of review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the Biden administration has offered a path forward on the Lead and Copper Rule, part of a comprehensive Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. Learn more about how we got here and what the Biden administration’s recent announcement means for cities, towns and villages.
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Park Funding Sources Webinar
The BIL includes several non-traditional revenue sources that could be used for city park projects. Join this discussion to learn how you can tap into these funding sources.
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NTIA Announces Feb. 4 Comment Deadline for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Broadband Grant Programs
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a request for comment on $48.2B in broadband grant programs authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program; the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program; and the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program. Comments are due to the agency by February 4.
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Notice of Funding Opportunities

Federal Emergency Management Agency – Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities.
Closing Date: 1/28/2022.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency – Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).
Closing Date: 2/4/2022.
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Department of Commerce – American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge.
Closing Date: Extended to 2/20/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program.
Closing Date: 2/22/2022.
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Department of Agriculture – Rural Development Business Grants.
Closing Date: 2/28/2022.
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Economic Development Administration – American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance.
Closing Date: 3/31/2022.
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