CSLFRF Certification FAQs

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Guidance Review

Source/Reference in Treasury Guidance

How do I know how much my government will be receiving?

Treasury has published detailed allocation information on its website for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recover Funds. The information includes the methodology used to calculate allocations for each specific category (i.e. States, Counties, Metropolitan Cities, Non-entitlement Units, etc.). Additionally, the information published includes the allocation amounts for individual entities within the categories* in both PDF and CSV formats.

*The amounts for non-entitlement units of local government are only provided in aggregate at the state level. Treasury expects to provide further guidance on distribution for non-entitlement units in the coming days.

Treasury CSLFRF Homepage

What information do recipients need to prepare for receiving funds?

Before any funding can be requested, recipients should be sure take the steps below as soon as possible:

  • Ensure the entity has a valid DUNS number. A DUNS number, issued by Dun & Bradstreet, is a nine-character number used to identify an organization, and it is used by the federal government to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database (see next step), obtaining a DUNS number is free of charge. If your entity does not have a valid DUNS number, visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.
  • 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 SAM.gov 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. However, SAM registration can take up to three weeks, any delay in registering could impact the timing of payment.
  • Gather the entity’s payment information. This information includes: Entity Identification Number (EIN), name, and contact information; Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity; Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information).

Treasury Page for Funding Requests

Where do I certify?

Entities that are eligible as direct recipients can certify through the Treasury Submission Portal. The portal link on Treasury's page will take you to the ID.me site where you will create an account if you do not already have one.

Treasury Page for Funding Requests

Is there a deadline to certify?

"The Interim Final Rule requires that costs be incurred by December 31, 2024. Eligible recipients are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For recipients other than Tribal governments, there is not a specific application deadline".

See question 10.4 in Treasury's FAQ

Who needs to make the certification?

An Authorized Representative must sign the acceptance of award terms for it to be valid. Each eligible entity must also identify an administrator/representative of the account. An administrator/representative must go through the ID.me process to submit the certification.

See questions 11.5 and 11.7 in Treasury's FAQ

Will my jurisdiction receive the full amount as soon as I certify?

Section 603 of the Act provides that the Secretary will make payments to local governments in two tranches, with the second tranche being paid twelve months after the first payment. In addition, section 602(b)(6)(A)(ii) provides that the Secretary may withhold payment of up to 50 percent of the amount allocated to each State and territory for a period of up to twelve months from the date on which the State or territory provides its certification to the Secretary. Any such withholding for a State or territory is required to be based on the unemployment rate in the State or territory as of the date of the certification.

See p. 27 of the Interim Final Rule

How do I request funding if I am an eligible direct recipient?

If you are an eligible state, territory, metropolitan city, county, or Tribal government, you can request your allocation via the Treasury Submission Portal. The portal link on Treasury's page will take you to the ID.me site where you will create an account if you do not already have one.

Treasury Page for Funding Requests

How do I request funding if I am a non-entitlement unit of local government?

Non-entitlement units should not request Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the Treasury Submission Portal. "Non-entitlement units of local government” are defined in 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(5) that are not metropolitan cities. For these Non-entitlement units of local government, 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.

While local governments designated as non-entitlement units are eligible to receive Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, as provided in the American Rescue Plan Act, they will receive this funding from their applicable state government. Jurisdictions that are not included in the Allocation for Metropolitan Cities table may be eligible as a non-entitlement unit.

Treasury Information for Non-entitlement Units

What information do non-entitlement units of local government need to prepare?

Non-entitlement units must have a valid DUNS number to meet reporting the requirements under the program. If this applies to your jurisdiction and you do not have a valid DUNS number, visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process.

Treasury Information for Non-entitlement Units

How does a city under 50,000 apply for funds through the state?

Please refer to Treasury’s checklist for Non-entitlement unit of local governments for requesting initial payment.

Treasury's Checklist for NEUs

Do all municipalities have to request the funding?  If your population is less than 50,000 do you have to request the funding?

Populations under 50,000 are considered non-entitlement recipients and must contact their state for more information on their portion of the funding. NEUs include cities, villages, towns, townships, or other types of local governments.  Additional information for Non-Entitlement recipients can be viewed on Treasury's NEU-specific site.

Treasury Page for NEU's

Will NEUs also receive funding in tranches?

Yes.

When will our jurisdiction get the proceeds?

Before Treasury can provide payment, the information of an eligible government must be submitted through the Treasury Submission Portal for verification. The verification process takes approximately four business days. If any errors are identified, the designated point of contact for the government will be contacted via email to correct the information before the payment can proceed. Once verification is complete, the designated point of contact of the eligible government will receive an email notifying them that their submission has been verified. Payments are generally scheduled for the next business day after this verification email, though funds may not be available immediately due to processing time of their financial institution.

See question 11.12 in Treasury's FAQ