On July 22, 2021, the State of Illinois announced the opening of its portal for non-entitlement units (NEU) of local government to request funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The state’s press release is available via this link.
The announcements and release of this information is partially due to our advocacy to expedite the distribution of ARPA funding to NEUs. The Illinois Municipal League’s (IML) July 12 press release urging the distribution of ARPA funding is available via this link. IML staff has had frequent, including daily, contact with senior administration officials and state agency personnel in an effort to fully and efficiently access these funds, and will continue to do so until all funds have been properly distributed to each community.
The portal (available via this link), which will be maintained by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is open now. NEUs must complete the request for funding and submit the required materials through the portal. After the state has actually received the federal funds and after NEUs have submitted their request and the required materials to DCEO, those NEUs should begin to receive their first funding disbursement from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). There could be a delay of approximately 30 days between when everything has been submitted by the NEU to DCEO and when DCEO has authorized IDOR to make the disbursement; IDOR will make disbursements promptly once authorized by DCEO. IML will be in close contact with these agencies throughout the process, in order to assist if there are any issues that arise.