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Federal Assistance

The economic recovery package includes critically needed funding which states can use to help stabilize their budgets and stimulate economic growth.  While the legislation covers a long list of programs, for the purposes of state budgets and immediate citizen needs, it is helpful to focus on three key categories (CSG PowerPoint Presentation).


The stimulus provides:

1.  Almost $100 billion in flexible funding that SUPPLANTS state spending (Medicaid and flexible funding under the Fiscal Stabilization Fund)


2.  As much as $130 billion in formula funding that SUPPLEMENTS state spending (Transportation, Education, Job Training, etc.)


3.  Up to $100 billion in competitive grant funding OPPORTUNITIES (Energy Efficiency Grants, Education Incentive Grants, etc.)

Maximizing State Funding

These funding areas include multiple programs and subcategories each with their own eligibility and accountability requirements. To help states decipher the complex rules, deadlines, and reporting requirements within the stimulus, The Council of State Governments (CSG) partnered with Latham & Watkins, LLP to conduct a comprehensive, yet user friendly, overview of state-related funding within the legislation.  The links below provide detailed information for helping all states maximize their federal funding opportunities. 



State-by-State Breakdowns

A number of sources provide effective estimates of how much funding each state may be eligible to receive if the state acts quickly and meets the various eligibility requirements of multiple federal programs.  These organizations include:
  1. Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) provides detailed state breakdowns through a fee-based subscription service.   Contact FFIS at www.ffis.org to see if an agency in your state has already subscribed to the service.
  2. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) has published state-by-state reports on the impact of the economic recovery legislation for a variety of different programs.  The DPC serves Senate Democratic members by providing research and legislative support, developing policy proposals, and publishing reports on important legislation. 
  3. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, an independent think tank dedicated to working at the federal and state levels on fiscal and public policy programs has posted publicly available state-by-state estimates on many program funding areas within the ARRA.


Federal Information

The legislation sets the framework for accessing federal funding, but the greater challenge for state agencies and legislative oversight committees is tracking the actions that federal agencies are taking to implement the legislation.  Helpful resources for tracking information on funding availability, grant requirements, and other information include:


  1. White House - The White House has committed to providing regular updates on program roll out through:
      • Recovery.gov- The White House's website tracking the implementation of the ARRA.
      • White House - The official White House website.
      • Agency Recovery Websites – Recovery.gov provides a complete listing to all federal agency ARRA recovery websites.
      • Office of Management and Budget - The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) oversees the preparation of the federal budget and supervises the budget's administration in Executive Branch agencies.  The OMB website also contains information on the President's FY 2010 Budget
      • OMB ARRA Guidance - OMB issued preliminary guidance on February 18, 2009, to all federal agencies on the implementation of the ARRA.
      • April 3rd OMB ARRA Guidance- OMB released on April 3, 2009, the second installment of guidance that updates, supplements, and amends initial guidance released on February 18, 2009.
      • Weekly Reports - Section 2.4 of this guidance requires all federal agencies receiving recovery act funds to submit weekly reports to OMB beginning March 3, 2009, outlining total appropriations, obligations, expenditures, and major actions taken to date.
  1. Federal Grants – The primary source to find and apply for federal government grants.  Information on grant opportunities may be found at http://www.grants.gov/
  2. Department of Transportation:
  3. Department of Health and Human Services:
  4. Department of Energy:
      • DOE Recovery - The Department of Energy website providing key information on ARRA funding opportunities and implementation efforts.
      • Weatherization Program - The ARRA provides DOE's Weatherization program with an additional $5 billion.  DOE Funding Opportunity Announcementreleased on March 12, 2009, for the $5 billion in ARRA Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grants - states must submit initial application to DOE no later than March 23, 2009.
      • State Energy Program - DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement released on March 12, 2009, for the ARRA State Energy Program (SEP) formula grants.  States must submit initial application to DOE no later than March 23, 2009. Governor's Assurance Certification letter.
      • DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website provides additional details on many of the DOE programs funded through the ARRA.
      • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants - The ARRA included $3.2 billion for the EECBG program, approximately $2.8 billion of which will be distributed by a formula (approximately 68% to cities and counties and 28% to states) and the remaining $400 million distributed on a competitive basis.
      • CRS Report - March 3, 2009, Congressional Research Service (CRS) report outlining the ARRA energy provisions.
  5. Department of Education:
        • Ed Recovery - The Department of Education website detailing key ARRA funding and implementation information for education programs included in the ARRA.
      • Overview – The Department released an overview of the principles, funding distribution guidance and timelines, and state requirements for the ARRA grant programs. Additional breakdowns of education funding by CSG region may be found in CSG's Regional Education Analysis.
      • 4/3/2009 ARRA Briefing- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's PowerPoint presentation outlining ARRA guidance released on April 1, 2009.
      • State Fiscal Stabilization Fund - The ARRA provided $53.6 billion for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, which provides states approximately $48 billion in education funding as well as an additional $8.8 billion in flexible block grants for other state services. The legislative textfor the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund provides additional information. More specific guidance on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, including timelines for funding distribution to states was released on March 7, 2009.
        • Letter to Governors - Letter released to Governors on April 1, 2009, announcing the release of SFSF guidance and applications.
        • SFSF Guidance - Guidance on the SFSF released by the Department on April 1, 2009.
        • SFSF Application - Initial application for states to apply for SFSF funding released on April 1, 2009. 
        • Title 1, Part A– Guidance released by the Department on March 7, 2009, on ARRA funding for Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
        • Title 1, Part A Guidance - Guidance on Title 1, Part A funds released by the Department on April 1, 2009. 
        • IDEA, Part B – Guidance released by the Department on March 7, 2009, on ARRA funding for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
        • IDEA, Part B Guidance - Guidance on IDEA, Part B funds released by the Department on April 1, 2009.
        • IDEA, Part C Guidance - Guidance on IDEA, Part C funds released by the Department on April 1, 2009.
        • Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants Guidance released on April 1, 2009.
        • Independent Living Services - Guidance released on April 1, 2009.
        • School Modernization - The Department provides additional information on school modernization funding available through the spending portion of the ARRA as well as the School Construction Tax Credits.
        • CRS Analysis - The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, published an analysis on February 20, 2009, of the education provisions included in the ARRA.
  6. Department of Labor:
      • DOL Recovery - The Department of Labor website providing information on Labor provisions contained in the ARRA.
      • ARRA Implementation - This site provides an overview of Department of Labor programs impacted by the ARRA, as well as links for additional information on individual programs. 
      • COBRA Benefits - The ARRA provides for a 65% reduction in COBRA premiums for certain assistance eligible individuals for up to 9 months.
      • WIA and Wagner-Peyser Act – March 18, 2009 Department of Labor guidance letter on ARRA activities authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Wagner-Peyser Act.
      • Unemployment Modernization - March 20, 2009, Department of Labor guidance letter clarifying the unemployment compensation provisions included in the Recovery Act; specifically, clarification on the Recovery Act's requirement that a state permanently change their unemployment compensation law. 
  7. Department of Justice:
      • Justice Recovery - The Department of Justice economic recovery website. 
      • Office of Justice Programs - DOJ's Office of Justice Programs economic recovery site provides detailed information on those programs receiving funding through the ARRA, including the Byrne JAG Program, Grants for Victim Compensation and Assistance, and assistance for law enforcement agencies. 
      • Byrne JAG Allocations - DOJ outlines ARRA Justice Assistance Grant recovery funds allocations for each state and territory.  Additional breakdowns of Byrne funding by region may be found in CSG's Byrne JAG Regional Analysis.
      • COPS - The ARRA provided up to $1 billion in grant funding for the Community Oriented Policy Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program, a competitive program that provides funding directly to law enforcement agencies. 
  8. Department of Commerce:
      • Commerce Recovery - The Department of Commerce economic recovery website, including a fact sheetoutlining Commerce programs funded through the ARRA.
      • NIST Recovery - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recovery site detailing the agency's $610 million in ARRA funding.
      • Broadband Provisions - The National Governors' Association provides an in-depth analysis of the ARRA's broadband provisions.
      • Broadband Conference Report – The ARRA Conference Report section on broadband.
  9. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
  10. Department of Homeland Security:
      • DHS Recovery - The Department of Homeland Security website detailing ARRA funding for homeland security programs.  Additional information outlining which DHS programs will receive funding through the ARRA may be found here.
  11. Department of Interior:
  12. Department of Agriculture:
  13. Environmental Protection Agency:
      • EPA Recovery- The Environmental Protection Agency website intended to track ARRA funding and implementation.
      • SRF Guidance - EPA guidance for award of ARRA funding to State Revolving Funds (SRF).  This guidance was released on March 2, 2009.
      • SRF Funding by State - EPA allocations of SRF funding by state. 
      • Underground Storage Tanks- Information about ARRA funding for the Leaking Underground Storage Tanks program.
      • National Clean Diesel- Information about ARRA funding for the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
      • State Clean Diesel - Information on the $88 million in new funding in the ARRA to support clean diesel grant and loan programs administered by states and D.C. 

Other Federal Resources

  1.  U.S. House and Senate Leadership:
  2. U.S. House and Senate Committee Information:
  3.  U.S. House and Senate Policy Committees:

Federal News


Agency Recovery Sites