Pre-Award Requirements for ARP Funding for Local Governments Announced

April 19th, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act provides $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, or its negative economic impacts. It provides assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, and aid to impacted industries, such as tourism, travel, and hospitality. It will also provide resources to provide premium pay to essential workers and make necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
Local governments in PA should take steps to ensure that they receive their funding allocation through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program. By undertaking these preparatory steps, eligible entities will be better positioned to receive payments in a more timely manner.
Action Steps for Non-Entitlement Units of Local Governments
Eligible non-entitlement units of local governments are defined in 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(5) as those that are not metropolitan cities. Not sure if your borough is a non-entitlement community? Click here.
For these non-entitlement units of local government, the U.S. Treasury will allocate and pay funds to state governments, and the state will distribute funds to non-entitlement units of local government in proportion to population. Non-entitlement units of local governments must have a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to meet reporting requirements under the program. If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, visit or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process. Check to see if you have a DUNS number here.
Action Steps for Entitlement Units of Local Governments
There are only six boroughs that fall under this category. Click here to review the list.
All federal financial assistance recipients must have a DUNS number and an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) database at As a result, all eligible entities receiving direct payment from the U.S. Treasury will need a DUNS number and an active SAM registration to receive payment. The DUNS and SAM registration process may take several business days to complete. Therefore, the U.S. Treasury recommends that eligible entities begin those registration processes if they have not already completed them.
  • Ensure the entity has a valid DUNS number. A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge. Check to see if you have a DUNS number here.
  • Ensure the entity has an active SAM registration. SAM is the official government-wide database to register with in order to do business with the U.S. government. All Federal financial assistance recipients must register on and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive Federal financial assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain your entity SAM registration.
  • If an entity does not have an active SAM registration, visit to begin the entity registration or renewal process. Note that SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in registering in SAM could impact timely payment of funds.
More information about the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program can be found here.