The April 30 reporting deadline for the American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is approaching for Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (NEUs), generally municipalities with less than 50,000 residents, to file their annual reports. This report will cover the period from the award date up to March 31, 2022 and all NEUs utilizing these funds must file one.
While we understand that many NEUs have not previously filed this type of report with the federal government and the process may seem overwhelming, NLC is here to provide your city, town or village with the confidence to file your annual report.
First and most importantly, every NEU must file a report with Treasury by April 30. Treasury has advised NLC that it will not be granting an extension to this deadline.
NEUs filing an annual report should consider utilizing the “standard allowance” option. Treasury, on a call with NLC, encouraged every NEU with a grant of less than $10 million to elect the standard allowance. Under this option, Treasury presumes that up to $10 million in revenue has been lost due to the public health emergency and local governments are permitted to use that amount (not to exceed the award amount) to fund “government services.” Government services generally include any service traditionally provided by a government. Electing the standard allowance allows for streamlined reporting and compliance.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you file. Log in to your account using Login.gov. NLC recommends doing this as soon as possible to make sure that you do not have problems accessing the portal. We have heard from dozens of cities, towns and villages that they are having a tough time accessing the portal. If you have problems accessing the portal, please contact COVIDReliefITSupport@treasury.gov or your state municipal league.
Make sure you have three key documents on-hand for when you are ready to proceed with your filing. All three of these will be needed in order to file:
- A copy of the signed award terms and conditions agreement (which was signed and submitted to the State as part of the request for funding).
- A copy of the signed assurances of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which was signed and submitted to the State as part of the request for funding).
- A copy of actual budget documents validating the top-line budget total provided to the State as part of the request for funding.
- View our guide to reporting portal resources and FAQs here.
- The Treasury portal website can be accessed at https://portal.treasury.gov/compliance/s/.
- Any questions about the portal should be directed to SLFRP@treasury.gov. For login related questions such as determining roles, contact COVIDReliefITSupport@treasury.gov.
- If your city is having trouble with IT portal related issues and has not heard back from Treasury, email SLFRFhelp@nlc.org and NLC will try to assist your municipality by elevating the case to Treasury.
- You can also call Treasury at (844) 529-9527 for further assistance.