American Rescue Plan

By providing these resources, Alaska Municipal League does not claim to provide legal, health, or financial advice to local governments charged with responding to the pubic health emergency or executing the administration of State and Federal funds for the purposes of Coronavirus Relief. The content of these pages is to inform member decision-making and to provide resources for discussion purposes only: it is not a substitute for obtaining your own legal and financial advice.

Attention! We have launched a new Alaska ARPA Website (https://alaskaarpa.org/) – This website provides an extensive summary of resources relevant to Alaskans, tracking funds coming in as well as grant opportunities. It is a collaborative effort to serve as a clearinghouse of information that can be used by recipients and other and potential beneficiaries

 
We have opened our Alaska Municipal Financial Solutions Program to help assist our members with upcoming grants, reporting, and all things American Rescue Plan!
 
Our CARES Act Program Coordinator will transition into this support role, alongside other AML staff who together will work with members to:
  • Ensure continued compliance with the CARES Act, and extended to the ARPA
  • Support accurate reporting
  • Elevate concerns or help to address challenges at the State or federal level
  • Coordinate collaboration on shared priorities
 
To this end, we’ll provide as much information to members as possible, in as many ways that are useful that we can.
We’ll have more information in the weeks and months ahead, but please reach out as you have questions. Your “Relief Team” includes:
American Rescue Plan & Cares Act Relief Funds

American Rescue Plan Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Funding Opportunities

The tabs below, for instance, provides a summary of the grant opportunities that we know about so far; we’ll continue to keep members updated as new opportunities arise.

Food Supply Chain and Agricultural Grants and Loans - Pending

SEC. 1001. FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN AND AGRICULTURE PANDEMIC RESPONSE.

Granting Agency: Secretary of Agriculture
Appropriation Amount: TBD, portion of $4,000,000,000
Purpose: Assistance to Maintain and improve food and Agricultural supply chain resiliency

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Grants and loans for small or midsized food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to COVID–19. (Specifics TBD by the office of the Secretary of Agriculture)
  • Measures to protect workers against COVID–19

Eligible Applicants: TBD by office of the Secretary of Agriculture
Announcement Date: TBD by office of the Secretary of Agriculture
Closing Date: TBD by office of the Secretary of Agriculture

Emergency Rural Development Grants for Rural Health Care - Pending

SEC. 1002. EMERGENCY RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR RURAL HEALTH CARE

Granting Agency: USDA
Appropriation Amount: $500,000,000
Purpose: Rural development needs related to the covid-19 pandemic

 Eligible expenditures:

  • Increase capacity for vaccine distribution.
  • Provide medical supplies to increase medical surge capacity.
  • Reimburse for revenue lost during the COVID–19 pandemic, including revenue losses incurred prior to the awarding of the grant.
  • Increase telehealth capabilities, including underlying health care information systems.
  • Construct temporary or permanent structures to provide health care services, including vaccine administration or testing.
  • Support staffing needs for vaccine administration or testing; and
  • Engage in any other efforts to support rural development determined to be critical to address the COVID–19 pandemic, including nutritional assistance to vulnerable individuals, as approved by the Secretary.

Eligible Applicants – TBD
Announcement Date: TBD, no later than 150 days after the enactment of the American Rescue Plan
Closing Date: TBD

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund - Pending

SEC. 2001. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND.

Granting Agency: State of Alaska
Appropriation Amount: $17,935,356 (5% of state allocation)
Purpose: Address learning loss, emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus.

Eligible Expenditures:

  • One percent must be used for the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs, and ensure such programs respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student populations.

One Percent must be used for the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs, and ensure such programs respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student populations.

Safe Return to In-person Instruction is a grant requirement.

  • In general – a local educational agency receiving funds under this section shall develop and make publicly available on the local educational agency’s website, not later than 30 days after receiving the allocation of funds described in paragraph (d)(1), a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.
  • Comment period – before making the plan described in paragraph (1) publicly available, the local educational agency shall seek public comment on the plan and take such comments into account in the development of the plan.
  • Previous plans – if a local educational agency has developed a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction before the date of enactment of this act that meets specified requirements, such plan shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements under this subsection.

Eligible Applicants – TBD by the State of Alaska, Department of Education
Announcement Date: TBD by the State of Alaska, DECCED
Closing Date: TBD by the State of Alaska, DECCED

Additional information, including an ARP ESSER Fact Sheet and allocation tables, can be found at https://oese.ed.gov/american-rescue-plan-elementary-and-secondary-school-emergency-relief.

Child Care and Development Block Grant - Pending

SEC. 2201. CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM.

Granting Agency: State of Alaska, DHSS
Appropriation Amount: $73,681,653
Purpose: Stabilization of State Child Care Program

Eligible Expenditures:
Provide childcare assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to coronavirus. 

  • Qualified childcare providers expenses
    • Personnel costs, including payroll and salaries or similar compensation for an employee (including any sole proprietor or independent contractor), employee benefits, premium pay, or costs for employee recruitment and retention.
    • Rent (including rent under a lease agreement) or payment on any mortgage obligation, utilities, facility maintenance or improvements, or insurance.
    • Personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitization supplies and services, or training and professional development related to health and safety practices.
    • Purchases of or updates to equipment and supplies to respond to the COVID–19 public health emergency.
    • Goods and services necessary to maintain or resume childcare services.
    • Mental health supports for children and employees.
  • Reimbursement of a qualified childcare providers sums obligated or expended before the date of enactment of this Act for the cost of a good or service to respond to the COVID–19 public health emergency.

Eligible Applicants – TBD by the State of Alaska, DHSS
Announcement Date: TBD by the State of Alaska, DHSS
Closing Date: TBD by the State of Alaska, DHSS

For more information visit the Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Program Offices webpage at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/ccare/default.aspx or call (907)269-4500.

Grants for Health Care Providers to promote Mental Health among their Health Professional Workforce - Pending

SEC. 2705. FUNDING FOR GRANTS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH AMONG THEIR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE

Granting Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration
Appropriation Amount: $40,000,000
Purpose: Promote mental health among their providers, other personnel, and members.

Eligible Expenditures:
Establish, enhance, or expand evidence-informed programs or protocols to address the needs of rural and medically underserved communities’ providers, other personnel and members.

Eligible Applicants: Entities providing health care, including health care providers associations and Federally qualified health centers
Announcement Date: TBD by the Health Resources and Services Administration
Closing Date: TBD by the Health Resources and Services Administration

Grants for Community-Based Local Substance Use Disorder Services - Pending

SEC. 2706. FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING FOR LOCAL SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER SERVICES

Granting Agency: Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in consultation with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Appropriation Amount: $30,000,000
Purpose: Support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services.

Eligible Expenditures:
Preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of such diseases for individuals with substance use disorder, distributing opioid overdose reversal medication to individuals at risk of overdose, connecting individuals at risk for, or with, a substance use disorder to overdose education, counseling, and health education, and encouraging such individuals to take steps to reduce the negative personal and public health impacts of substance use or misuse.

Eligible Applicants: local, Tribal, and territorial governments; Tribal organizations; nonprofit community-based organizations; and primary and behavioral health organizations
Announcement Date: TBD by the Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Closing Date: TBD by the Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Grants for Community-Based Local Behavioral Needs - Pending

SEC. 2707. FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDING FOR LOCAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS.

Granting Agency: Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Appropriation Amount: $50,000,000
Purpose: Address increased community behavioral health needs worsened by the COVID–19

Eligible Expenditures:
Promoting care coordination among local entities; training the mental and behavioral health workforce, relevant stakeholders, and community members; expanding evidence-based integrated models of care; addressing surge capacity for mental and behavioral health needs; providing mental and behavioral health services to individuals with mental health needs (including co-occurring substance use disorders) as delivered by behavioral and mental health professionals utilizing telehealth services; and supporting, enhancing, or expanding mental and behavioral health preventive and crisis intervention services.

Eligible Applicants: State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, Tribal organizations, nonprofit community-based entities, and primary care and behavioral health organizations
Announcement Date: TBD by the Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Closing Date: TBD by the Office of the Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Expansion Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics - Pending

SEC. 2713. FUNDING FOR EXPANSION GRANTS FOR CERTIFIED COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICS

Granting Agency: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Appropriation Amount: $420,000,000
Purpose: Increase capacity of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Eligible Expenditures:
Expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Eligible Applicants: Communities and community organizations that meet the criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
Announcement Date: TBD by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Closing Date: TBD by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Restaurant Revitalization Grants - Pending

SEC. 5003. SUPPORT FOR RESTAURANTS.

Granting Agency: Small Business Administration
Appropriation Amount: $23,600,000,000
Aggregate Maximum Grant Amount: $10,000,000 to an eligible entity and limited to $5,000,00 per physical location of eligible entity
Purpose: Revitalization of the Restaurant Industry

Eligible Expenditures:
Grant funds may be used for the following expenses incurred as a direct result of, or during, the COVID–19 pandemic:

  • Payroll costs
  • Payments of principal or interest on any mortgage obligation (which shall not include any prepayment of principal on a mortgage obligation).
  • Rent payments, including rent under a lease agreement (which shall not include any prepayment of rent).
  • Utilities.
  • Maintenance expenses, including construction to accommodate outdoor seating; and walls, floors, deck surfaces, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Supplies, including protective equipment and cleaning materials.
  • Food and beverage expenses that are within the scope of the normal business practice of the eligible entity before the covered period.
  • Covered supplier costs, as defined in section 7A(a) of the Small Business Act (as redesignated, transferred, and amended by section 304(b) of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Public Law 116–260)).
  • Operational expenses.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Any other expenses that the Administrator determines to be essential to maintaining the eligible entity.

Eligible Applicants: Restaurants that make a good faith certification that
(i) the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the grant request to support the ongoing operations of the eligible entity; and
(ii) the eligible entity has not applied for or received a grant under section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (title III of division N of Public Law 116–260).
Announcement Date: TBD by the Small Business Administration
Closing Date: TBD by the Office of the Small Business Administration

Law Enforcement Mental Health & Wellness Act Grant

0-COPS-2021-75013 Community Oriented Policing Services

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness ACT (LEMHWA) Solicitation 

Granting Agency: Department of Justice
Appropriation Amount: $8,000,000
Aggregate Maximum Grant Amount: $125,000
Purpose: Improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement, and significantly advance peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs within law enforcement agencies across the country

Eligible Expenditures:
Budget requests may be made in the following categories:

  • Civilian personnel (base salary and fringe benefits) Travel
  • Equipment Supplies Sub-awards
  • Procurement contracts Other costs
  • Indirect costs

All items requested will be considered on a case-by-case basis during the budget review process. Items under the program must be purchased using the legislative guidelines established by the appropriations legislation that governs this funding.

Each requested budget item must be allowable, necessary, allocable, and reasonable to the project activities.

 

Eligible Applicants: Local, state, tribal and territorial law enforcement agencies
Announcement Date: April 23, 2021
Closing Date: June 2, 2021

For more information about COPS Office programs and resources, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or visit the COPS Office website at https://cops.usdoj.gov

Federal and State Technology Partnership Program

SB-OIIFT-21-001 Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (FAST)

Federal and State Technology Partnership Program

Granting Agency: Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation
Appropriation Amount: $1,000,000
Aggregate Maximum Grant Amount: $125,000, 50% matching requirement
Purpose: The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas – typically rural states.

Eligible Expenditures:
Funds provided under the FAST Program must be used solely for the purposes stipulated in this Announcement and the Notice of Award and may not be commingled with any other monies. All costs proposed in an Applicant’s budget must meet the tests of allowability, allocability, and reasonableness set forth in the applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cost principles (2 C.F.R. 200, Subpart E). Indirect costs will be stipulated in an Applicant’s indirect cost rate agreement. SBA will not reimburse Applicants for their proposal preparation costs, but Non-federal entities may request preaward costs. Pre-award costs must directly relate to the conduct of the project and meet the tests of allowability, allocability, and reasonableness.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Be a public or private entity, organization, or individual that intends to use funding awarded under this Announcement to provide outreach, financial support, and/or technical and business assistance to next generation R&D-focused small businesses in order to increase SBIR/STTR proposals and awards; and
  • Be endorsed by the appropriate state governor or their authorized designee as the only approved applicant from that state.

Announcement Date: April 16, 2021
Closing Date: June 3, 2021
Agency Contacts:
Program Requirements or Technical Assistance: FAST@sba.gov