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Among nearly $2 trillion in economic stimulus, the American Rescue Plan Act included more than $130 billion in direct, flexible aid to local governments. This once-in-a-generation influx of dollars provides a unique opportunity for local governments to address revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and strategically invest in the future. ICMA has curated a list of resources to help local governments understand and make use of American Rescue Plan support. 

ICMA Resources 

Rescue Plan Funding Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a specific question about American Recovery Act implementation? Submit questions using the form found at the bottom of this page under "Submit a question on the American Rescue Act."

Additional COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Resources


How Funding From the CARES ACT Helps Those in Greatest Need


Tracking and Managing Coronavirus Recovery Costs

These documents will help your local government track costs related to the coronavirus crisis or other federally declared disasters.


ICMA has advocated at the federal level on behalf of local governments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including pushing for direct, flexible funding. 


Submit a question on the American Rescue Act

ICMA is here to support our members and their local governments in implementing American Rescue Plan provisions.

Submitting your questions helps to inform ICMA’s advocacy efforts as well as new resources. Generally, we will use these to develop periodic updates (i.e. FAQs) and other new content and learning opportunities. We may also share them with our federal partners in advocating for new guidance and rulemaking. Due to the volume and specificity of some questions, we may not be able to directly respond to all individual submissions, but all will be reviewed.

For the purposes of the ARP direct aid to local governments, is your community a/an:
Receiving funds directly from the federal government
Under 50,000/receiving funds passed through your state
Which of the following would you characterize as major priorities for your local government's use of ARP funds (check any that apply)?