Application help for the American Rescue Plan Act funding - deadline October 11!

September 22, 2021

Township Officers,

The federal American Rescue Plan Act will provide funding for townships to spend over the next three years in a variety of ways - but THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS COMING UP ON OCTOBER 11! This is very important, and there are many, many townships remaining that have not yet applied.

MAT strongly urges EVERY township to apply for the funding allocated ASAP as the application deadline is October 11, 2021. Spending decisions can be made over the next three years (until December 31, 2024), and there are many great spending options.

Here are several options for assistance in applying for ARPA funding:

Option 1: VIEW TRAINING MATERIALS ONLINE.

See details on the MAT website's ARPA page here of how to apply. There are instructions, videos of presentations of how to apply, and more.

OR

Option 2: HAVE MAT STAFF DO IT FOR YOU!

MAT staff will apply for your township! Fill out this form ASAP and send it to us.

OR

Option 3: ATTEND AN IN-PERSON TRAINING SESSION.

Details of these training have been previously sent via post mail, and the content of the training will be helping townships file for the ARPA funding, Local Board of Appeals and Equalization, and other training if time allows.

Upcoming training sessions:

  • Wednesday, September 22, in St. Michael at the MN Association of Townships Office. Join from 8:00-12 noon, OR 1:00-4:00pm.
  • Tuesday, September 28, Milton Township Hall in Dodge County from 8:00 to 12 noon.
  • Thursday September 30, Lyon County Government Center in Marshall, Lyon County from 8:00-12 noon.

TO REGISTER: For these in-person trainings, please contact Lori Stalker at the MAT Office 763-497-2330 or 800-228-0296, or via email lstalker@mntownships.org. Let us know your name, township, county, and position.

COST: There will be a $30 charge and refreshments will be provided. If you are attending the ARPA training, the cost is an allowable expense from your ARPA funding.

NOTES: Please bring a laptop if you have it. Locations are subject to cancellation if we do not have enough participants.

LASTLY: BEWARE of ARPA-related scams! Many local governments report receiving unsolicited communications from businesses suggesting the town can use its ARPA money on the solicitor’s product or service. Some say they are “ARPA Approved,” but no such official approval exists. Many of these products and services will not qualify as legitimate ARPA-related expenses. Towns should be wary of any unsolicited offer for the use of its ARPA funding.