By April 30, all municipal grantees from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program will have to file a Project & Expenditure report with the U.S. Department of Treasury.
This past week, Treasury opened the reporting portal. Municipalities wanting to access the portal can do so here.
Non-entitlement units of local government, which make up most municipalities with a population of less than 50,000, will be filing their second annual report. Below are some best practices for your city, town or village.
Step-by-Step Guide and Video
NLC has provided a PDF slide deck for municipalities to reference when filing their ARPA Project & Expense report. View the presentation here.
Watch a step-by-step video walkthrough of how to use the portal and file your ARPA Project and Expenditure Report that is due on April 30, 2023:
- File early. Filing does not have to be complex, and at the end of this article, you will find slides with step-by-step instructions on how to complete your Project & Expenditure report and a video walk through. It’s important to file early. If you run into issues logging in or need assistance from Treasury’s help desk, this will take time.
- Work with your state league if they are offering technical assistance in filing. State leagues are a great resource for municipalities with questions. They have helped other municipalities in your state and may have answered similar questions to the one you have for another municipality. Use them!
- Use the Treasury help desk if you get stuck. NLC fought hard to get the help desk reestablished for all municipalities after it closed in October 2022. This is a vital lifeline for cities, towns and villages seeking answers to filing questions. Contact Treasury’s help desk at SLFRF@treasury.gov or call (844) 529-9527.
- Designate your key roles (Account Administrator, Point of Contact for Reporting and Authorized Representative for Reporting). It is important that you understand the capabilities and responsibilities of each role). And remember, only the Authorized Representative can certify and submit the report.
- Keep a copy on file. When your municipality files, download, print out a copy of your filing and put in a safe place.