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Treasury Releases Additional ARPA Guidance for Smaller Cities

On May 24, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) guidance for non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs).  This guidance applies to smaller cities, typically less than 50,000 in population, which will receive ARPA funds through the state.  The LOC is communicating  with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) about getting this process stood up.  These funds could technically reach NEU cities as early as mid-June, but sometime in July is looking more likely.  

Based on the latest information, the LOC has revised estimates for distribution amounts for smaller cities. These are estimated figures only and are not verified by the U.S. Treasury or the state of Oregon.

Previously released guidance on the use of American Rescue Plan funds is available on Treasury’s main ARPA webpage.  The spending guidance is contained in three main documents. The fact sheet gives some basics of the program and brief lists of some of the allowed uses. The FAQ document (updated May 27) gives plain language answers to some of the questions cities will most likely be considering. The Interim Final Rule is the most comprehensive guidance and like all the documents is searchable using CTRL+F on your keyboard.

The LOC will continue to update our American Rescue Plan Resource Hub as more information becomes available. The LOC held an informational Zoom meeting last week to unpack the guidance, and member cities can watch a recording of the meeting and see the PowerPoint presentation on the LOC’s website

The National League of Cities has additional resources on the NLC ARPA Hub

NLC Fact Sheets

NLC Tool


Contact: Mark Gharst, Lobbyist - mgharst@orcities.org or 503-991-2192

Last Updated 5/28/21