American Rescue Plan Resources

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act into law. The League and the National League of Cities’ year-long (NLC) “Cities Are Essential” advocacy campaign resulted in $65.1 billion of direct aid to every city, town or village across the country.

State of Iowa's website includes allocation information and the submission portal:

Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Non-entitlement Units of Local Government  (NEW 7/9/2021)

July 8 Webinar: How Non-Entitlement Cities Request ARP Funds through the State of Iowa  (NEW 7/9/2021)


U.S. Department of Treasury Guidance: 

Treasury's Portal Recipient Reporting Guide​ (NEW 8/12/22021)

Non-Entitlement City Guidance  


Forms to submit to the State of Iowa: 

  1. The League has made these forms available in a fillable PDF file. You may fill out this file and sign it electronically, or you may print it out and fill it out by hand. If it is printed out, you will need to scan it to convert it to a PDF file for submission. 

  2. Fill out and email the two above forms to the state of Iowa at  Put your city's name in the subject line. (There is no official request form as of this writing.)

  3. In addition, make sure your city has a DUNS number and SAMS registration.

Compliance and Reporting Guidance (NEW 7/2/2021)
FAQ​ (NEW 7/2/2021)​

Treasury's webpage for non-entitlement city (NEW 5/25/2021)
Checklist for non-entitlement cities requesting initial payments (NEW 5/25/2021)
Awards Terms and Conditions for NEU's​ (NEW 5/25/2021)
Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (NEW 6/7/2021)

 Interim Final Rule Information 


Quick Reference Sheet on COVID-19 Relief Funds (NEW 5/11/2021)
Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Relief Funds (NEW 5/10/21)
Interim Final Rule Fact Sheet​ (NEW 5/10/21)
Treasury's webpage on COVID Relief Funds (NEW 5/10/21)


The U.S. Department of Treasury has a website for COVID-19 economic relief. You can also sign up to receive alerts on the economic relief guidance. (5/3/21)


Initial guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury was just released and is available on their website, including steps that cities should take as soon as possible.

American Rescue Plan Presentation- May 17


National League of Cities Powerpoint- May 17 ARP presentation (NEW 5/2021)


View the recording from the May 17 webinar​ of the League and Irma Esparza Diggs from the National League of Cities as we discuss the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury on the relief funds. (NEW 5/18/2021)​


League ARP Update Webinar April 30:


City Allocation Information:


Estimations for each municipality have been released. Visit the National League of Cities' dashboard to search to find out how much your community is eligible for.


National League of Cities American Rescue Plan Dashboard

DISCLAIMER: These are estimates from the House Committee on Oversight, not final allocations

Summary of Provisions Dashboard: 

The National League of Cities has created an extensive, searchable summary of provisions relevant to municipalities.

National League of Cities American Rescue Plan Summary of Provisions Dashboard


Fact Sheets:


NLC Blog Articles:


Total Funding to Cities - $65.1 billion 


  • Entitlement Cities – generally those with populations greater than 50,000 - will have funds distributed using the current Community Development Block Grant funding formula.

  • Non-Entitlement Cities – distributed by the state based on population. Amounts distributed may not exceed 75% of the city’s most recent budget.

 Timing of Distributions 

  • Funds will be released in two disbursements. The second distribution will occur one year after the initial distribution.

  • For entitlement cities, the first half sent 60 days after enactment and the other half one year later.

  • For non-entitlement cities, the U.S. Department of Treasury is instead required to send those funds to the state within 60 days of the law’s enactment. States would then have 30 days to disburse the funds to the local government.​

Use of Funds

The eligible uses for the funding as we understand:

  • Measure revenue loss as “the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue” of the entity “due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year” prior to the emergency.

  • Include premium pay for eligible workers performing essential work (as determined by each state or Tribal government) during the pandemic, providing up to $13 per hour above regular wages;

  • Include water, sewer and broadband infrastructure;

  • Exclude directly or indirectly offsetting a tax cut; and

  • Exclude pension funds.

Funds must be spent by the end of the calendar year 2024. Recipient governments must provide periodic reports to the U.S.  Department of Treasury ​with a detailed accounting of the use of funds. The U.S.  Department of Treasury can recoup funds if the recipient does not comply with the eligible uses.

Estimated City Allocations

The National League of Cities has developed a spreadsheet of city allocations. 

Estimated City Allocations

DISCLAIMER: These are estimates from the House Committee on Oversight, not final allocations. ​ 

(Use control + F to search for Iowa or your city name.)