Basics of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

American Rescue Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Allowable Expenditures, Compliance Requirements, Strategic Planning, and Evaluating Outcomes

All Counties and municipalities have received (or will shortly receive) their first distribution of American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARP/CLFRF). Local governments may use these monies to address urgent pandemic-related needs and to make longer term, potentially transformational, investments in their communities. But the funds must be spent in accordance with the grant award and state law authority. And there is a complex maze of budgeting, cash management, accounting, contracting, monitoring, and auditing requirements that a local government must navigate to avoid recoupment.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

 

In this FREE six-day course, held over 3 weeks in October via Zoom, county and municipal officials and staff will take a deep dive into the ARP/CLFRF. Join faculty and staff from the School of Government, as well as our colleagues from the NC Association of County Commissioners, NC Department of State Treasurer, NC League of Municipalities, NC Pandemic Recovery Office, NC Regional Councils of Government and others to explore allowable expenditures under the ARP/CLFRF and state law, learn the intricacies of the Uniform Guidance and other state and federal compliance, reporting, and auditing requirements, and identify best practices in strategic planning, community engagement, and outcome evaluation.

This course is open to any local government staff member or elected official who is involved in deciding how to spend the ARP/CLFRF monies, managing, administering, and reporting on these funds, or evaluating the impact of ARP/CLFRF-funded projects. City and county managers, department heads, public attorneys, appointed officials, and other local government professionals are all welcome to attend. Although the course is FREE, you must register to participate. There will be separate tracks for smaller and mid-large jurisdictions for several of these topics. Participants may attend the whole course or pick and choose among the sessions. The live course will be recorded and made available to view on-demand for those unable to attend the session.

Missed previous sessions will not bar registration for future ones, as registration is available on an ongoing basis through October 28, 2021.

The course dates and topics are

  • Wednesday, October 13: Understanding ARP/CLFRF: Laying the Foundation* 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Friday, October 15: Compliance Requirements I: Auditing, Subawards, and Reports- 8:15am - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 20: Compliance Requirements II: Procurement, Conflicts of Interest, and Other Uniform Guidance Provisions- 8:15am -1:00pm
  • Friday, October 22: Eligible Uses Under CLFRF and State Law- 8:15am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 26: Best Practices for Effective Community Engagement- 9:00am- 12:00pm
  • Thursday, October 28: Strategic Planning and Performance Management- 1:00pm-4:00pm

*This session will include an optional preliminary session targeted to very small units of government and/or local government officials who are brand new to the ARP/CLFRF

Space is limited. Please only register if you intend to attend at least 1 day of the course. We reserve the right to cap the number of registrants per local government if we reach our Zoom capacity maximum.

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Note also that we will continue to hold ARP/CLFRF Office Hours weekly.

 

 

Future ARP/CLFRF Office Hours:

Monday,  October 4, at 8:30am 

https://unc.zoom.us/j/94011361206?pwd=MjIzWnlzOWxtNGtoUlNjaEV3ZWNPdz09

Meeting ID: 940 1136 1206

Passcode: 522329

 

Thursday, October 14, at 12:00pm

Thursday, October 21, at 8:30am

Tuesday, October 26, at 12:00pm

 

This program is offered tuitition-free due to the partnership of:

 
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    October 13
    October 15
    October 20
    October 22
    October 26
    October 28
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    Space is limited. Please only register if you intend to attend at least 1 day of the course. We reserve the right to cap the number of registrants per local government if we reach our Zoom capacity maximum.

    $0.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

Wednesday, October 13: Understanding ARP/CLFRF: Laying the Foundation

 An Introduction to ARP/CLFRF for Smaller Local Governments (Limited to units under 4,000 population)

Welcome to ARP/CLFRF: A Framework for Determining Allowable Expenditures and Meeting Compliance Requirements (All Units)

Basics of Budgeting, Accounting, and Cash Management (All Units)

Resources

Friday, October 15: Compliance Requirements I: Auditing, Subawards, and Reports

Auditing and Internal Controls

Working with Other Governments, Nonprofits, and Other Private Entities

Preparing for the Project and Expenditure Report (All Units)

Wednesday, October 20 Compliance Requirements II: Procurement, Conflicts of Interest, and Other Uniform Guidance Provisions

Other UG Requirements Session

 Procurement and Regionalizing Contract Efforts Session

Friday, October 22 Eligible Uses Under CLFRF and State Law

Responding to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Addressing the Negative Economic Impacts Generally 

Addressing Specific Negative Economic Impacts

Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Infrastructure

Using ARP/CLFRF Monies for General Government Expenditures 

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.966.4246
Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government, Director, ncIMPACT Initiative
Local Government Legal Educator