Federal Funding and Resources

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. Within the ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF) provides $350 billion for states, municipalities, counties, tribes, and territories, including $130 billion for local governments split evenly between municipalities and counties. This webpage provides important information for cities and towns in New Hampshire on ARPA and the CSLFRF.


Notice of Funding Opportunity

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DHS/CISA announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. This State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, made possible thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for FY22, to support SLT efforts to address cyber risk to their information systems. With this funding, SLT governments will be better equipped to address cybersecurity risks, strengthen the cybersecurity of their critical infrastructure, and ensure resilience against persistent cyber threats for the services SLT governments provide their communities.  

With the release of a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), DHS has opened the application process for the grant program.

Applicants have 60 days to apply for a grant, which can be used to fund new or existing cybersecurity programs.   

For more information and helpful resources on the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, visit CISA’s webpage here www.cisa.gov/cybergrants. 

Check out the Local Infrastructure Hub

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On May 17, 2022, the National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced the Local Infrastructure Hub: Support for U.S. Cities and Towns to Put Federal Funding to Work for Residents, a national program to ensure that all cities and towns can access federal infrastructure funding to drive local recovery, improve communities, and deliver results for residents. With a $50 million initial investment, the Hub will bring together nonprofits, city networks, academics, and policy experts to provide direct support to communities as they develop applications, including: one-on-one coaching, webinars, on-demand answers to pressing questions, data analysis, guidance from issue experts on a range of infrastructure-related topics, and easily accessible information on the rules and timeframes for specific funding opportunities.

Six months after President Biden signed the more than $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, local governments are eligible for billions of dollars in funding to support projects that range from transforming ports and parks to rural broadband and help tackle challenges like climate change and racial wealth inequity. But with nearly 400 separate grant that will open applications over the next 24 months, many communities will struggle to identify and apply for all the funding available to them. The Local Infrastructure Hub brings together leading experts in policy and innovation in a program that includes information, resources, and technical assistance to help cities access this once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunity.

The Local Infrastructure Hub is a national program designed to connect cities and towns with the resources and expert advice they need to access federal infrastructure funding in order to drive local progress, improve communities, and deliver results for residents.

The Local Infrastructure Hub is a national program designed to connect cities and towns with resources and expert advice they need to access federal infrastructure funding in order to drive local programs, improve communities, and deliver results for residents.


Bootcamps Available to Help Small Towns Take Advantage of Grant Opportunities

Submitting strong applications for federal infrastructure money can be challenging for small and mid-sized cities, towns, and villages. To assist underserved local governments with populations of approximately 150,000 or less, the Local Infrastructure Hub is offering a series of bootcamps. The bootcamps are designed to help small and mid-sized local governments take advantage of the grant opportunities available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Learn more:  https://localinfrastructure.org/application-bootcamp/

 

Help Your Small/Mid-Sized City Compete for Federal Infrastructure Funding

 

This fall, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Local Infrastructure Hub are hosting a series of free bootcamp trainings for small and mid-sized cities. The bootcamps are designed to help cities with populations under 150,000 develop strong applications for federal infrastructure grant opportunities.

To learn more about the bootcamps being offered and how your city, town, or village can participate, NLC is hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, August 25 from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET. Click here to register for the webinar. Act fast! The first five bootcamp trainings start on September 12, with registration closing August 31.


Where is the second tranche of ARPA funds?

On June 15, the governor and executive council met to allow the Governor’s Office For Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) to accept and expend the second tranche of ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF) in the amount of $56,104,386.50.  On behalf of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the state will distribute the second tranche payment of American Rescue Plan Act – State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA-SLFRF) to non-entitlement units of government (NEUs).

The Treasury Department is instructing states and territories to distribute the second tranche of NEU funds in as timely a manner as possible, and not later than 30 days after receiving the payments. States should not plan on withholding funds to NEUs “under any circumstances,” the department said.

NEUs, as recipients of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, were required to submit project and expenditure reports by April 30, even if no funds were expended, according to the Final Rule Guidance. The Treasury Department has acknowledged, however, that some NEUs continue to have technical and administrative issues with submitting their mandatory reporting. If you have not successfully submitted your first report, please contact the Treasury immediately at SLFRF@treasury.gov. According to Treasury, a record of late reporting could lead to a finding of non-compliance, which could result in development of a corrective action plan, or other consequences. (Source: Project and Expenditure Report User Guide, Appendix F FAQ, Q 1.17.)

Relevant updated links on the Compliance and Reporting page:

  • Updated Compliance and Reporting Guidance - This Reporting Guidance includes updates to reporting requirements to reflect the final rule that Treasury adopted on January 6, 2022 and took effect on April 1, 2022. 
  • Recipients can monitor the status of their submission at any time by logging into the Treasury Submission Portal.

July 27, 2022 Update to ARPA US Treasury FAQ (58 pages)

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule: Frequently Asked Questions

 


FINAL RULE ISSUED BY US TREASURY

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Economic Relief and Recovery Program Update

Treasury releases updated Compliance and Reporting Guidance and Recovery Plan Performance Report

Template for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program


On June 10, 2022, Treasury released updated Compliance and Reporting Guidance (Reporting Guidance) and the Recovery Plan Performance Report (Recovery Plan) template for the SLFRF program. These documents include updates to reflect the final rule that Treasury adopted on January 6, 2022, which took effect on April 1, 2022. These updates take effect for the next Project and Expenditure Report and Recovery Plan that certain recipients need to submit by July 31, 2022.

To access the update Reporting Guidance and the Recovery Plan and learn more about the SLFRF program, please visit https://treasury.gov/SLFRPReporting 

If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email via SLFRF@treasury.gov.

bridgeNOTIFICATION - BRIDGE INVESTMENT PROGRAM (BIP) NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Resources below provided to assist project sponsors who intend to apply for a Planning FY 2022 BIP grant:

2022 Bridge Investment Program Grants (67 pages)

FY 2022 Bridge Investment Program Bridge Projects - Application Template (8 pages)

FY 2022 Bridge Investment Program Planning Projects - Application Template (5 pages)

FY 2022 Bridge Investment Program Large Projects - Application Template (9 pages)


 

Register and sign up for Treasury’s portal

(a)   New users should register for Treasury’s portal at login.gov and sign up here https://portal.treasury.gov/Compliance/s/
(b)   Users who have already registered through ID.me can sign up here https://portal.treasury.gov/cares/s/slt.
 
(2)   All users should log into the portal, confirm their roles, and provide their SLFRF information.
Treasury Webinars:

Recipients may send any questions that are not answered in these materials to SLFRP@treasury.gov.

Treasury Contact Center : (844)529-9527


Please visit Treasury’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds website.

  • Compliance and Reporting Guidance: The guidance explains all the required reports in detail and is the best resource for any reporting questions.
  • Reporting guidance technical assistance webinars: These webinars covered broad reporting requirements, beyond the items required of NUEs.  These webinars provide a good overview of the basic reporting requirements.  Please note that these webinars are in the process of being updated based on the recently released Reporting Guidance.
  • General FAQs and NEU-specific FAQs: The FAQs are the best resource for any policy related questions related to eligible uses of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

As a NEU, there are two tasks for you requiring immediate action to meet the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) requirements:

User Guide
To assist recipients with login into Treasury’s Portal, an NEU User Guide is posted to assist NEUs to confirm their reporting roles and provide the required documentation to Treasury.
 
(1)   Register and sign up for Treasury’s portal
(a)   New users should register for Treasury’s portal at login.gov and sign up here https://portal.treasury.gov/Compliance/s/
(b)   Users who have already registered through ID.me can sign up here https://portal.treasury.gov/cares/s/slt.
 
(2)   All users should log into the portal, confirm their roles, and provide their SLFRF information.

Treasury Webinars:

Recipients may send any questions that are not answered in these materials to SLFRP@treasury.gov.

Treasury Contact Center : (844)529-9527


 

BIL Factsheet, Competitive Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Local Governments, (7 pages)

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Formula and Competitive Funding by Agency, Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, January 6, 2022 (38 pages)

Appropriations Requests - General Guidance, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee (2 pages)


Materials from GOFERR/Guidehouse:

Subrecipient Risk Assessment Tool, Last Updated November 30, 2021, (30 pages)

Checklist for Determining if an Entity is a Subrecipient, Contractor or Beneficiary, GOFERR (6 pages)

Desk Reference for New Hampshire Recipients of LFR Funds:  Complying with Federal Uniform Guidelines, GOFERR, Last Updated January 25, 2022 (15 pages)


Competitive Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Local Governments Established by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Transportation

Rebuilding American Infrastructure Sustainably and Equitably (RAISE) Grants– This existing competitive grant program at the Department of Transportation provides $7.5 billion with an additional $7.5 billion subject to Congressional approval in funding for road, rail, transit, and other surface transportation of local and/or regional significance. Selection criteria safety, sustainability, equity, economic competitiveness, mobility, and community connectivity. Applications will open in the first quarter of 2022. 

Port Infrastructure Development Program GrantsThis existing $2 billion Department of Transportation program funds investment in the modernization and expansion of U.S. ports to remove supply chain bottlenecks, ensure long-term competitiveness, resilience, and sustainability while reducing impacts to the environment and neighboring communities. The infrastructure law expanded the program’s eligibilities to include projects that improve goods movement, as well as port electrification projects, idling reduction solutions, equipment charging infrastructure and related worker training initiatives. The Department of Transportation expects to open applications in February 2022.

Bus & Bus Facilities Competitive GrantsThis existing $2 billion program at the Department of Transportation provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and bus related equipment and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities – as well as capital funding for low or no emissions bus projects. Fiscal Year 2021 grant selections will be announced soon. Applications are expected to open for the Fiscal Year 2022 grant program in the first quarter of 2022.

National Infrastructure Project Assistance (also known as “Megaprojects” or MEGA)– This $5 billion competitive grant program supports multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects of regional or national significance. Communities are eligible to apply for funding to complete critical large projects that would otherwise be unachievable without assistance. Selection criteria for the program will be posted on the Department of Transportation website in February 2022.

Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) GrantsThis Department of Transportation program supports highway and rail projects of regional and economic significance. Applications will open in the first quarter of 2022. Learn more about how to apply here.

Safe Streets and Roads for All – This new $5 billion competitive grant program at the Department of Transportation will provide funding directly to and exclusively for local governments to support their efforts to advance “vision zero” plans and other complete street improvements to reduce crashes and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians. Applications are expected to open in May 2022.

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants – In addition to the $5 billion formula program distributed to states, this $2.5 billion discretionary grant program at the Department of Transportation will fund the strategic deployment of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling infrastructure, along designated alternative fuel corridors and in communities.  The Department is seeking comments on program design by January 28th here, and after January 28th here.

Clean School Bus Program – This new $5 billion competitive grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide funding to replace existing school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses. Applications for funding will be made available here later this spring.

Reconnecting Communities – The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law creates a first-ever $1 billion program at the Department of Transportation to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure – particularly historically disadvantaged communities too often nearly destroyed or cut in half by a highway. This new competitive program will provide dedicated funding to state, local, metropolitan planning organizations, and tribal governments for planning, design, demolition, and reconstruction of street grids, parks, or other infrastructure to address these legacy impacts. Applications will open in the second quarter of 2022.

Rural Surface Transportation Grant - This new $2 billion competitive grant program at the Department of Transportation will improve and expand surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas, increasing connectivity, improving safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth. This amount includes specific set asides for small projects ($200 million), rural roadway lane departure improvements ($300 million), and the Appalachian Development Highway System ($500 million). Applications will open in the first quarter of 2022. 


Climate, Energy & Environment

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program – This existing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program will distribute $1 billion to support communities undertaking hazard mitigation projects to reduce the risks they face from disasters and other natural hazards. FY21 applications are open until January 28th, 2022 and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding remains available. Communities will apply as sub-applicants under their states. Applications for FY22 are expected to open no later than September 30th, 2022.

Flood Mitigation Assistance – $3.5 billion from this existing FEMA program can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program. FY21 applications are open until January 28th, 2022. Communities will apply as sub-applicants under their states. Applications for FY22 are expected to open no later than September 30th, 2022.

Brownfields Remediation Program – This existing EPA program will provide $1.2 billion in grants and technical assistants to communities to assess and safely clean-up contaminated properties and offer job training programs. Communities are currently able to request funding for Targeted Brownfields Assessments through their regional EPA office. Additional competitive funding opportunities will be announced this spring.  

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – This Department of Energy block grant program will provide $550 million to states, local governments, and tribes for projects that reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency, and cut pollution. The first funding opportunity is expected for release in the Fall of 2022.  

Grants for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvements in Schools – This new Department of Energy Program will provide $500 million for local government education agencies and nonprofit partners to make energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean vehicle upgrades and improvements at public schools. The opportunity to apply for funding is expected to be open in the Fall of 2022.

Energy Improvement in Rural or Remote Areas – This new Department of Energy program will provide $1 billion to entities in rural or remote areas (defined as cities, towns, or unincorporated areas with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants) to increase environmental protection from the impacts of energy use and improve resilience, reliability, safety, and availability of energy. Applications for funding are expected to be open in the Fall of 2022.  


Quick Links


ARPA Funds & The Broadband Planning Network

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) has partnered with the National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE), founded and based in New Hampshire, to help communities that are interested in using Local and Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF) to improve broadband.  NHMA and NCDE are working together to bring interested members the opportunity to join an NHMA/NCDE broadband planning network and to undertake broadband investment planning together.  

Overview of the Broadband Planning Network
NCDE proposes that interested members allocate to NCDE a portion of their municipality’s ARPA Local Relief Funds (based on population, see below) to join the broadband investment planning network, whose priorities will be to: (1) assist the participating municipalities to develop one or more joint broadband investment funding proposals, (2) design investment plans to support for-profit and nonprofit business models that incorporate affordable pricing (<$15/month) for low- and moderate-income households; (3) assist participating municipalities to become “Broadband Ready” communities while developing NHMA’s capability to provide this support as an ongoing support to members generally; and (4) other broadband projects as deemed fundable.   

Broadband planning network cost schedule, based on population

25-4,999: $5,000

5,000-9,999: $7,500

10,000 and greater: $10,000

Please note that NHMA receives a fee for each municipality that joins the broadband planning network with NCDE. 

Please complete this form if you are interested in learning more about the NCDE broadband opportunity.  


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IMPORTANT NOTICES for NEU's

  • NHMA encourages NEUs to move slowly on making decisions about expenditure of their funds. There is no rush to spend funds (funds may be spent or obligated through December 31, 2024; funds obligated by that date may be spent through December 31, 2026). NHMA encourages NEUs to take time to learn about the eligible uses and reporting requirements and assess and determine the highest and best use of funds through careful vetting and after receiving public comment on proposed uses. 

U.S. Treasury Guidance and Resources on Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds ("CSLFRF") from ARPA (applicable to all municipalities):


GOFERR Guidance and Information Specific to Nonentitlement Units of Government ("NEUs")

Except for the 5 "metropolitan cities" in NH (Nashua, Manchester, Dover, Rochester & Portsmouth) all municipalities are NEUs under ARPA/Treasury guidance.

Visit the GOFERR website.


US Treasury Guidance Specific to "NEUs"

Compliance & Reporting Requirements


Eligible Uses of CSLFRF monies 

NLC Fact Sheets & Tools


Other Resources Relative to Treasury's Guidance:

Members are encouraged to contact Guidehouse with questions about ARPA CSLFRF. Watch this brief video on how to contact Guidehouse!


2022 Legislative Update 

State Aid to Municipalities FAQ 

SB 401 and HB 1221 

Revised July 26, 2022 

The 2022 legislative session resulted in significant revenue sharing and state aid to local governments in a non-budget year. With the state reporting a record surplus of funds this fiscal year, SB 401 and HB 1221 are intended to provide one-time property tax relief through direct payments to cities and towns. This FAQ explains how SB 401 and HB 1221 will impact the local budget.  

SB 401 

SB 401, , will provide immediate infrastructure resources to cities and towns. Using state general fund surplus generated in fiscal year 2022, this bill appropriates $36 million for the repair and maintenance of municipally-owned bridges, $30 million in additional municipal highway block grants, and $1 million toward the body worn and dashboard camera fund.  

What is the municipal distribution formula for roads and bridges? Every municipality with a municipally-owned bridge will receive a share of the $36 million allocated for the repair, maintenance, and construction in addition to any state or federal funds committed or available for bridge projects. No 20 percent match is required. SB 401 will use the highway block grant formula and apply it to both the $36 million in bridge funding to the $30 million allocated for roads. 

  • Highway Block Grants. The $30 million allocated for roads will follow the Department of Transportation “Apportionment A” formula used when calculating the annual highway block grant each municipality receives. Therefore, funds will be distributed among the municipalities based on their population in proportion to the entire state’s population and the other half is disbursed based on a municipality’s Class IV and V road mileage in proportion to the total statewide Class IV and V mileage. The additional funds will be distributed in a lump sum by mid-August. Each municipality will receive their allocation in the same manner as their Quarter 1 payment. The distribution amount for each municipality can be found HERE. 
  • Municipally-Owned Bridge Allocation. The appropriation for bridges will be based on a similar 50/50 formula, where $18 million will be distributed based on a municipality’s deck area proportional to the total deck area for municipally-owned bridges, and $18 million will be distribution based on a municipality’s total share of the state population. The bridge payment is anticipated to be a lump sum payment which we can expect closer to year end. The distribution amount for each municipality can be found HERE. 
  • What can this money be used for?SB 401 will provide funding with restricted uses, meaning that it may be used to supplement (not supplant) local budgets; The “supplement not supplant” provision requires that these funds must add to (supplement) and not replace (supplant) local budgeted funds when providing services that repair, maintain, and construct municipal bridges; repair and maintain class IV and V roads; or acquire the equipment necessary to maintain Class IV and V roads. 

Body & Dash Cameras. Municipalities can apply for this grant and be reimbursed up to $50,000 for the purchase of body-worn or dashboard cameras, software maintenance for the cameras, and maintenance and storage of data related to the cameras. SB 401 would appropriate $1 million dollars toward this fund. 

  • How can a municipality accept and expend these funds? The bill allows all three categories of funds to be considered “unanticipated revenue.” Therefore, a municipality may accept and expend the funds under the provisions of RSA 31:95-b, II-IV, whether or not a municipality has adopted that statute.  For unanticipated money in the amount of $10,000 or more, RSA 31:95-b requires the governing body to hold a public hearing on the action to be taken, with notice of the time, place and subject of the hearing published at least seven days before the hearing is held. For unanticipated money less than $10,000, the governing body must post notice of the funds in the agenda and include notice in the minutes of the public meeting at which the money is discussed. 

HB 1221 

HB 1221 will provide a one-time payment by the state equal to 7.5 percent (estimated $27 million) of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) employer contribution costs for Group I teachers and Group II police and firefighters in state fiscal year 2023. These state payments will be issued to each town or city as a reimbursement. Each city and town is expected to budget and pay 100 percent of their NHRS employer costs, and the state will issue a reimbursement equaling 7.5 percent of eligible Group I and Group II employer contribution costs. NHRS actuaries will calculate the reimbursement amount due to each municipal employer.  Now that this bill has been signed into law, we are awaiting guidance from the DRA. It is anticipated that these funds will be reported as revenue on the MS 434 and be recorded as part of the tax rate certification process.  

NHMA will continue to provide updated information and guidance on SB 401 and HB 1221 as it becomes available to us. 

Questions? 
 
Please contact NHMA at 603.224.7447 or governmentaffairs@nhmunicipal.org