The information below will be updated as Congress acts and new federal resources become available for Wisconsin communities.
Congress has passed several rounds of financial assistance and relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including most recently the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides emergency funding to ensure states and local governments have access to critical services. The Department of Treasury, which is overseeing the distribution of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, has provided the following allocation information as of May 10, 2021:
Additional information and resources about Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the Department of Treasury, provided May 10, 2021:
Additional information and resources about Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the Department of Treasury, provided May 24, 2021:
Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 creates a new $10 billion Critical Infrastructure Projects program to provide funding to states, territories, and Tribes to carry out critical capital projects directly enabling work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Treasury will begin to accept applications for review in the summer of 2021 and will issue guidance before that date.
How can recipient governments use relief allocations from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds?
Recipients may use these funds to:
Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.
Where can I find allocation information?
Treasury has published detailed allocation information for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds:
Additional information regarding allocations for non-entitlement units and Tribal governments may be found below.
How do eligible recipients request funding?
Eligible state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and Tribal governments with populations over 50,000 may now request their allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the Treasury Submission Portal.
How do eligible non-entitlement municipalities request funding?
Eligible local governments that are classified as non-entitlement units should expect to receive this funding through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Non-entitlement units are typically local governments with populations less than 50,000.
I have specific questions about requesting funding as a non-entitlement unit. How do I contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue?
I have specific questions. How do I contact Treasury?
Where can I access more information and resources about Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds?
Eligible applicants include:
Applicants must apply for these grants through the FEMA Grants Portal. The State of Wisconsin and FEMA will then work to approve an applicant once they have submitted their request into the Portal.The local cost share for projects under this program is 12.5%. The state also covers 12.5%, while the remaining 75% is covered by FEMA.Examples of projects and activities related to COVID-19 response that are eligible for these grants include:
Click here to access applicant briefing materials and other resources to help you prepare and submit your grant requests. FEMA’s Public Assistance Training Section has also released a number of informational videos on the application process which are available here.
This program is a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe. The effort is funded by $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars and will be administered by the DOA. Of the $200 million, $10 million will be allocated to Wisconsin’s tribal nations, with the remaining funds being distributed to every Wisconsin county, city, village and town.
Routes to Recovery Grants for Wisconsin counties, cities, villages and towns will provide reimbursements for unbudgeted expenditures incurred this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the following categories:
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