Following over a year of advocacy efforts – and in thanks to the partnership and hard work of stakeholders and special districts statewide – special districts previously excluded from direct access to COVID-19 funding have gained several valuable new opportunities for securing needed relief for the communities they serve.
Details surrounding these relief funds remain in development and not all special districts are assured of eligibility. Special districts with fiscal impacts eligible under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that are unlikely to receive state or federal funding should reach out to their county officials to discuss funding opportunities and request fiscal assistance through the county’s share of ARP funds.
As we await final details to be unveiled, the best steps your district can take now are to:
- Establish which, if any, of the individual relief programs apply to your district;
- Ensure the 2020-2021 fiscal year is closed out in a timely manner;
- Begin to prepare underlying documentation/accounting that will likely be required to apply for the funding your district plans to pursue; and
- Initiate contact with your county and make the case for a transfer of county ARP funding to meet specific, compelling needs eligible under the ARP.