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Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program

Information on the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Program

About

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the State will receive a total of $112 million in Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to distribute to New Hampshire non-metropolitan cities and towns (so-called Non-Entitlement Units or NEUs), this includes all NH municipalities except for Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth and Rochester – these five cities receive separate FRF allocations directly from U.S. Treasury as metropolitan cities.

Dates & Timelines

Use of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

According to the U.S. Treasury, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible local governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • 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
  • 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

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

Local governments that receive LFRF funding are considered prime recipients of Treasury and will report directly to Treasury regarding their use of the funds. For more information and guidance about allowable uses of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and reporting requirements, please see U.S. Treasury’s website.

Distribution of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

On June 1, New Hampshire received payment of $56,104,386.50 designated as the first tranche of LFRF funding. This is equal to half the total amount that has been allocated for NH local governments. The State will receive a second tranche in the same amount to distribute to local governments no sooner than 12 months after June 1, 2021.

Each NEU’s share of the funding is calculated as the amount that bears the same proportion to the amount of aggregate payment as the population of the NEU bears to the population of all NEUs in the State but may not exceed 75% of the most recent budget for the NEU as of January 27, 2020. The “most recent budget” is the “most recent annual total operating budget including its general fund and other funds.” Each NEUs allocated share of total funding and the amount that is payable in the first tranche may be accessed here.

The LFRF does not separately include funding for village districts or precincts. Such districts and precincts, however, are included in the population calculations for awards to localities specified by the federal government.  
NEUs must request funding to receive payment of their allocated share. Alternatively, NEUs may choose to decline the funding and transfer their share to the State. The State is required to act expeditiously in distributing to each NEU its share of LFRF funding and is establishing an application process for NEUs to either: 1) request payment, or 2) decline payment and transfer funding to the State.

GOFERR will issue payments weekly to NEUs that have submitted applications requesting funding on a rolling basis.

Before You Apply

For NEUs Requesting Funding

  • Obtain or confirm your local government’s valid DUNS number
  • Gather your local government’s business information:
    • Entity Taxpayer Identification Number
    • NH Vendor Number (NH Vendor Application)
    • Authorized representative name, title, phone and email
    • Contact person name title, phone and email
  • Confirm your local government’s top-line budget total, which is defined as your local government’s total annual operating budget, including general fund and other funds, in effect as of January 27, 2020 (same as 2019 Operating Budget Appropriations Line on MS-636 or MS-737 as modified, if at all, by Authorized Approving Body)
  • Review Treasury Award Terms and Conditions Agreement
  • Review Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

 
For NEUs Declining Funding and Transferring to State

How to Apply

Applicants requesting LFRF funds must be prepared to provide with their application Assurances of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Treasury Award Terms and Conditions Agreement, which both must be signed by an authorized representative.  Local governments declining and transferring funding to state will be required to upload one document, Notification to Decline LFRF Funds and Transfer to State, which must be signed by an authorized representative.

Applications not submitted via the GOFERR grant portal will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions