Federal Advocacy

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: GFOA Guiding Principles

Page from August 2021 GFR

A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastating public health and economic impact has been felt nationwide. While the CARES Act launched the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) in early 2020 to provide immediate assistance for state and local governments in responding to the growing emergency, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARPA, passed in March 2021) contained the important Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF), which shifted the focus of the federal funds toward providing response and recovery efforts. GFOA has provided some guiding principles for recipients to consider in using the new CSLFRF funds


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