PSATS Schedules Town Hall on ARP Application Process and What Comes Next 

Join PSATS staff and DCED Governor’s Center for Local Government Services staff in a Virtual Town Hall this Monday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. “ARP Update: Application and More”will provide an overview of the application process, what happens if your township doesn’t apply, and next steps. Click hereto register!   

Recovery Funding Application Update: Yesterday, we shared information from the state Department of Community and Economic Development about how to apply for your township’s allocation of federal American Rescue Plan dollars.  If you did not get an email directly from DCED, please check your spam filter. As a backup, you will also be getting a hard copy letter from Gov. Tom Wolf, via U.S. mail, in the coming days to also alert you to the process.  

Please note that townships that do not make application this month will forfeit their claim to this year’s funding and the money will be redistributed to communities that do make application so long as it does not make their total grant more than 75% of their 2020 budget.  

Clarification on SAM number: DCED has provided the following guidance on the need for a SAM number as part of the DCED Single Application Process. All municipalities, even those with populations of less than 50,000 (non-entitlement communities) are now federally required to obtain a SAM number for their ARP grant reports. However, if your township doesn’t have a SAM number or is in the process of registering for or updating your township’s number, include a copy of the email confirmation from SAM as part of your DCED application to show that your township has started the registration or update process. This will allow you to timely complete and submit the DCED application.  

Click here to apply directly to the official SAM site, which is an official U.S. government site and is free-of-charge. Note that the SAM process can take 10-14 days. You will be registering your township to pursue federal assistance only. If you are having difficulties, the SAM Customer Service number is (866) 606-8220.  If your township is still waiting to hear about your SAM registration 10-14 days after requesting your township’s number, call DCED Customer Service at (717) 787-3405 to alert them to the delay.  

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