State of Maryland Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) – Resources and Information



In June 2021, the Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM) launched a Technical Assistance Program to support Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs) of Local Government with their management and administration of their Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) awards. In October 2022, DBM alerted participating municipalities that the Technical Assistance Program would expand to serve all Maryland municipalities and assist them with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, in addition to maintaining CLFRF support. For more information on IIJA-specific technical assistance, please reference the IIJA Resources page.
The main objective of the Technical Assistance Program is to strengthen Maryland municipalities’ capacity to successfully plan and implement these resources by helping them understand the eligibility, reporting, and compliance requirements associated with CLFRF and IIJA programs. This landing page gathers and summarizes guidance and resources made available by the State of Maryland as well as guidance published by the US Treasury Department and other Federal Agencies. Please check back for regular programmatic updates. 

Have questions?

If you have any questions specific to how your community can use CLFRF or IIJA funding, please use the Question Submission Portal to submit it to MTAP and someone from our team will follow up with specific guidance.


Check out MTAP's IIJA Resources Page here!

MTAP Services

Grants Management Resources

The MTAP Program provides Grants Management resources highlighting key requirements in the Uniform Guidance as well as other materials in support of municipalities managing federal funds. The resources developed by the MTAP team relate to federal grants management broadly including, but not limited to, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and ARPA CLFRF. Where applicable, Grants Management resources will also highlight ARPA-specific guidance. 
Navigating the Federal Grant Lifecycle: A Guide for Maryland Municipalities: This guide is designed to aid Maryland municipalities in understanding and engaging with federal grant programs. It outlines the three stages of the federal grant lifecycle, detailing the responsibilities of both funding agencies and applicants at each step. The guide covers aspects of the pre-award, award, and post-award phases for competitive (discretionary) and non-completive (formula) grants.
Reference Guide on Key Uniform Guidance Responsibilities and Supporting ResourcesThis document provides a high-level overview of each of the core elements of the Uniform Guidance with supporting publicly available resources. The content and resources included throughout this document provide information regarding eligible expenditures, budgetary flexibility, transparency measures, and accountability standards essential for using federal grant funds, ensuring responsible and effective use of these critical financial resources.
CLFRF Compliance Supplement: This document outlines applicability for Maryland NEUs of the April 2022 compliance supplemental document released by the U.S. Treasury. 
Quick Reference Guide: This quick reference guide provides an overview for NEUs to distinguish between sub-recipients, beneficiaries, and contractors.

MTAP Fund Mapping Service

The MTAP team is providing a fund mapping service to match IIJA funding streams with municipalities' interests. Municipalities can submit information through the Project Intake Form on infrastructure projects or priorities and receive tailored information on relevant IIJA programs. 
If your organization has additional questions or would like to better understand how the Project Intake Form works, please submit a question through our Question Portal or contact our team at arpa.neuadmin@maryland.gov.  For more information on IIJA, please refer to MTAP’s Introduction to IIJA Webinar and visit the IIJA Resources page.

MTAP Question Submission Portal

If you have any questions specific to how your community can use CLFRF or IIJA funding, please use the Question Submission Portal to submit it to MTAP and someone from our team will follow up with specific guidance.

Office Hours Program

The State is hosting office hours to provide Maryland municipalities with an additional channel to ask questions, connect with other municipal governments, or submit feedback. The Maryland Municipal Technical Assistance team will be available during Office Hours to answer any questions you may have related to CLFRF or IIJA.
The next Office Hours session will be held on Tuesday, March 5th from 10:00am - 11:00am EST. 
Please note that moving forward, we will be transitioning from our current weekly schedule to a monthly cadence, with office hours held on the first Tuesday of the month.
Join with Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/pvs-ismv-jeh
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪538 506 455 6294‬#

Webinar Program

The Municipal Technical Assistance Team hosts informational webinars on CLFRF and IIJA on a variety of topics. Please click here to access past webinar materials, including recordings and copies of the presentations. If you have suggestions for new topics, please use the question submission portal link to submit recommendations. 

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One Year Left to Spend

According to Treasury’s CLFRF guidance, CLFRF funds must be used for costs incurred on or after March 3, 2021. Further, funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and expended by December 31, 2026. Treasury defines this time during which recipients can expend CLFRF funds, as the “period of performance”. Municipalities should be certain to obligate all CLFRF funding during calendar year 2024, and prepare to spend the funds before the end of calendar year 2026.  
Any funds not obligated by December 31, 2024 must be returned to Treasury and cannot be spent by your municipality. As a reminder, obligating funds means “orders placed for property and services, contracts and subawards made, and similar transactions that require payment." This means that no new projects can be created after the end of 2024.

Treasury’s ARPA CLFRF 2023 Obligations Interim Final Rule

The U.S. Treasury has recently released the Obligation Interim Final Rule” (Obligation IFR) for the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). The Obligation IFR seeks to revise and clarify the definition of obligation as it relates to the implementation of SLFRF funding beyond the SLFRF Final Rule’s stated obligation deadline of December 31, 2024.  Key changes include the following:
  • Revised Definition of "Obligation": Treasury has revised the original definition of obligation set forth in 2 CFR 200 (the Uniform Guidance) to allow recipients additional flexibility in covering certain administrative expenditures beyond the obligation deadline.
  • Obligation Deadline and Subrecipients: Subrecipients are not subject to the obligation deadline, but they are subject to the expenditure deadline. The obligation deadline applies to the recipient of SLFRF funds, and a cost is considered to have been incurred once a recipient enters a subaward or contract that obligates payment.  
  • Re-obligation of funds or Obligating Additional SLFRF Funds: Recipients cannot re-obligate funds or obligate additional funds that may become available after the December 31, 2024 obligation deadline. They are permitted, however, to amend or replace a contract or subaward beyond the obligation deadline under specific circumstances, outlined under "Amendment and Replacement of Contracts and Subawards".
Click here to view a copy of Treasury's State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds: Obligation IFR Quick Reference Guide. This document provides an overview of the Obligation Interim Final Rule for informational purposes and is intended as a brief summary.
If your municipality has unobligated CLFRF program funds, it should prepare to make those decisions during 2024. For more information, please see the National League of Cities’ recent article, The ARPA Obligation Deadline is around the Corner’.

Additional United States Department of the Treasury Resources

Treasury’s 2023 Interim Final Rule
On August 10, 2023 Treasury released an updated Interim Final Rule (IFR) for CLFRF. This new update adds three eligibility categories that allow for substantial additional flexibility and does not modify any of the prior expenditure categories contained in the Final Rule (i.e., any previously eligible activities remain eligible).
For recipients that elected the standard allowance and are designating their full award under this expenditure category, there are no changes included in the new IFR other than that the standard allowance provision can now be selected through the April 2025 reporting period. Additionally, the three new expenditure categories included in the new IFR are also eligible under the revenue loss provision.  
The three new Expenditure Categories are: 
1. Relief for Natural Disasters - The IFR provides a framework for using SLFRF funds to provide emergency relief from natural disasters or their negative economic impacts. Recipients must first identify a natural disaster that has occurred or is expected to occur imminently, as declared by either the federal or state government, or that can justifiably be expected to occur in the future, and then identify emergency relief. The emergency relief must be related and reasonably proportional to the impact identified. 
2. Surface Transportation - The IFR provides a framework for using SLFRF funds for surface transportation projects. This funding can be used first, as supplements for projects receiving Department of Transportation (DOT) funding, second, as match for certain designated surface transportation projects or to repay a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan, and third, those not receiving funding from DOT but which would be eligible for RAISE grants or for which a framework has been agreed with Treasury. 
3. Title I Projects - The IFR outlines how recipients may use SLFRF funds to invest in community development activities that are eligible under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The eligible activities under the Title I projects eligible use category are broad and enable recipients to undertake a wide range of community development projects. Ineligible activities under CDBG are also ineligible for SLFRF funding under this expenditure category.  

Click here to view a copy of Treasury's Final Rule: Frequently Asked Questions. FAQs in this document pertain to the 2022 final rule. 

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For any questions regarding CLFRF or additional programmatic questions, please contact arpa.neuadmin@maryland.gov
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