ARP Funding Update for Local Governments

June 22nd, 2021

As of June 21, more than 500 boroughs have yet to apply for American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which is administering the non-entitlement local government distribution of funds. All non-entitlement municipalities can apply for the funding through DCED.
DCED encourages all boroughs to apply for funding by June 30. DCED is awaiting a response to a request for an extension to this deadline.
The ARP allocated $6.15 billion to Pennsylvania counties, metropolitan cities, and local government units to support COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue, support economic stabilization for households and businesses, and address systemic public health and economic challenges.
DCED and the U.S. Treasury are now requiring all applicants to have a DUNS & SAM registration. For more information on SAM registration, click here. There is no charge to register or maintain your borough SAM registration.
The U.S. Treasury Department has established that local governments that are NOT metropolitan cities or counties – called non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) – must access the funds by visiting DCED’s Single Application webpage.
Allocation of funds to NEUs is based on the proportion of the population in the NEU as a share of the total population of all NEUs in the state. View the list of allocated amounts to each NEU in Pennsylvania.
Click here for a tutorial on ARPA Navigation Site on the DCED website.
Applicants should be prepared with the following information required by Treasury:
  • Local government name, Entity’s Taxpayer Identification Number, DUNS number, and address
  • Authorized representative name, title, and email
  • Contact person name, title, phone, and email
  • Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information)
  • Total NEU budget (defined as the annual total operating budget, including general fund and other funds, in effect as of January 27, 2020) or top-line expenditure total (in exceptional cases in which the NEU does not adopt a formal budget)
  • Award Terms and Conditions Agreement (as provided by Treasury to be signed)
  • Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as provided by Treasury to be signed)
Be sure to visit the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) ARP web page here.
Questions about the ARP Application Process?
DCED hosted a webinar on June 7 to answer questions about the ARP application process. To view the recorded webinar, click here.
If you have questions about your NEU allocation or the ARP application, process call the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at 888-223-6837. A list of contacts by region is available here. Or, send an email to