The American Rescue Plan & Ohio Townships

The OTA has prepared a funding overview and steps to take to receive ARP funds.

The OTA encourages all townships to take advantage of this extremely valuable funding, which could benefit your township for years to come. Paperwork is a small price to pay in order to obtain beneficial funds for your community! If you have questions, feel free to contact the OTA or the appropriate government resource (OBM, SAM, etc.).

Please note that if your township was one of the three (Colerain/Hamilton Co., Green/Hamilton Co., and West Chester/Butler Co.) included on the earlier released list of metropolitan cities with populations +50K, this information does not apply to you. 

A packet of information has also been mailed to all townships.


ARP Funding Overview

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ARP Funding Overview

 What Can You Use the Funding For?

Other Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions from Treasury and Other Helpful Links

Steps to Receive ARP Funds

American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding will be distributed to non-entitlement units of local government based on population. (All townships are considered non-entitlement units, with the exception of three that have populations over 50,000 and were included in the "Metropolitan Cities" category.)

  • There is a cap on the amount: The distribution may not exceed 75 percent of the jurisdiction’s most recent budget as of January 27, 2020.
  • You can find your township's allocation here. 

Funding for non-entitlement units was distributed to the state and will be administered by the Office of Budget and Management (OBM). OBM will pass the funding on to townships.

  • Townships must register with OBM before September 4, 2021, to receive funding.
  • Funding will come in two disbursements: one initially and another 12 months later.

What can you use the funding for?

Generally, uses will be expenses similar to those eligible under the CARES Act, but the ARP is more expansive. Townships are encouraged to work with legal counsel in determining eligible uses. 

Eligible uses include:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.
    • Excel template with revenue reduction calculations required by the ARP Act can be accessed here; this was created by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). These inputs are consistent with the 2006 Census of Governments Classification Manual (according to the GFOA) and all governments' calculations may be subject to US Treasury audit. 
    • The Wisconsin Towns Association has also developed a revenue reduction calculator. 
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

Additional items specifically mentioned:

  • May not use funds for deposit into any pension fund;
  • May transfer funds to provide nonprofits, public benefit corporations involved in transportation of passengers or cargo, or a special purpose unit of state or local government (additional details needed on transfer or monitoring responsibility).

Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and spent by December 31, 2026.

To assist townships, the OTA has negotiated an arrangement with Greg Beck and the attorneys at Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews to provide OTA members with a discounted rate for services related to ARP funding. You can reach Greg by calling 330-499-6000 or by email at beck@bakerfirm.com.

Other Requirements

Local governments are required to provide “periodic reports” with a detailed account of use of funds. For more information, visit Treasury's website.

If a local government does not comply with any provision of the ARP, they will be required to repay the US Treasury an equal amount to the funds used in violation.

Frequently Asked Questions from Treasury and Other Helpful Links 

ARP Local Recovery Funds Webpage

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds  (eligible uses guidance)

Nonentitlement Units Webpage

Interim Final Rule - APR Requirements (eligible uses guidance)

Office of Budget & Management

Recipient Compliance and Reporting Responsibilities


Steps to Receive ARP Funds

How do I receive ARP funding?
  • Step 1: Get a DUNS number.
    • Those who received CARES Act funding, or any other federal grants, should already have a DUNS number. If you do not, visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.
  • Step 2: Collect necessary information.
    • The following information will be required during registration:
      • Valid DUNS number
      • Township name, address, Entity Taxpayer Identification Number (EIN), and congressional district
      • Contact person's name, title, phone, and email (this person, such as the fiscal officer, will receive all information on fund monitoring and reporting)
      • Authorized representative's name, title, and email (this person must be different from the contact person, such as the board chair)
      • Financial institution information (i.e. routing and account number, name, and contact information)
      • OAKS Supplier ID, if applicable (there is a look up in OBM's registration portal)
      • Township's top-line budget (defined as your total annual operating budget, including the general fund and other funds, in effect as of January 27, 2020)
      • Signed award terms and conditions agreement (provided as an attachment in OBM's portal)
      • Signed assurances of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (provided as an attachment in OBM's portal)
  • Step 3: Register in OBM's application portal
    • Register with OBM online at https://grants.ohio.gov/fundingopportunities.aspx. You will not be able to save your registration and come back, so make sure you have all the information in Step 2 before proceeding.
    • Townships will have until September 4, 2021 to register with OBM. If your township does not register within this timeframe, you will not be able to access ARP funding.
  • Step 4: Register with SAM.
    • You do not need to be registered in SAM to receive funding from OBM. However, you will need that registration for reporting through Treasury.
    • Again, if you participated in the CARES Act funding, this step should already be complete. However, registrations must be renewed annually, so you will still want to ensure your registration is current. Visit SAM.gov to begin the entity registration or renewal process.
    • NOTE: SAM renewal is freedo not pay for registration or renewal.

You can find additional information and step-by-step instructions through OBM's registration portal

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