Accessing State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Time is running out for charitable nonprofits to access funding that will support their recovery from the pandemic and use this opportunity to implement solutions in their communities.

The Approaching Deadline to Obligate State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Under the American Rescue Plan Act, $350 billion in in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) were allocated to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments to use in providing “assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or to aid impacted industries” (emphasis added). 

By December 31, 2024, every state, local government, territory, and Tribal government must commit to spending all their SLFRF resources – unobligated funds will be returned to the federal government. The Treasury Department rules and Quick Reference Guide make abundantly clear that governments will satisfy their duty to obligate SLFRF resources by entering into a contract or subaward agreement with charitable nonprofits by December 31, 2024. Once obligated, the funds can be spent anytime before the end of 2026.

Nonprofit Advocacy Resources

While the law mandates charitable nonprofit eligibility, it does not mean that nonprofits are entitled to a share of the funds – you must advocate for them. Many governments still have unobligated SLFRF resources and decisionmakers continue to debate how to allocate remaining funds before December 31, 2024. Use that opportunity to contact local leaders and make sure your nonprofit can access funding.

The following resources can be used to analyze the details of SLFRF, learn from nonprofit-specific questions, review data on funding and projects, and draft a proposal.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Nonprofit FAQs: This page answers frequently asked questions by charitable nonprofits on SLFRF eligibility, allowable uses, the funding timeline, and more.

Guides and Templates

National Webinar: Accessing Remaining COVID-Relief Funds Before It Is Too Late

...nonprofits are crucial partners to state and local governments. As we approach the final stretch of this program, nonprofit partners are critical to “last mile” implementation to ensure that this historic investment of Federal resources will have a transformative impact in communities across the country.

Reports and Data


National Trackers

These organizations regularly update data on spending plans of state and local governments:

U.S. Department of the Treasury Resources

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