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Kansas cities to receive federal COVID-19 relief

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Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:54 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Some cities in Kansas have been allocated a portion of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Governor Laura Kelly says local governments throughout the Sunflower State will receive funding through the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act.

In addition to the 105 counties and 10 metropolitan cities that get funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Gov. Kelly said 614 Non-Entitlement Units of Government with populations of under 50,000 will get funds straight from the State as directed by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

According to Gov. Kelly, the ARPA provides $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus to help in the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The American Rescue Plan Act will provide critical resources to Kansas communities as we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Kelly said. “We must use these dollars to make the strategic investments that will build a better, more inclusive and resilient economy for future Kansans.”

Kelly said the Department of Treasury’s eligibility requirements specify that NEU’s are required to have operational capacity and provide a “broad range of services that would constitute eligible uses under ARPA.” Given this requirement, townships will not get direct funding from the State under the LFRF.

“Although townships won’t receive direct allocations from the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, I will make a recommendation to the SPARK committee that interested communities be eligible for resources from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund,” Governor Kelly said.

According to Kelly, all NEUs that receive funding are required to certify with the State that they want to get their allocation of funds. She said any NEU eligible for the funding can take a step to decline their award and reallocate to the State Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Gov. Kelly said the Office of Recovery will have resources and support available for all local governments to ensure federal guidelines and compliance requirements align. She said the State will encourage and coordinate collaboration throughout the state, county and city funding to ensure funds are maximized for the benefit of Kansans.

A complete list of NEUS and federal funding allocations can be found HERE.

For more information on federal requirements, click HERE.

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