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From The Answer Desk: What Do Nonprofits Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

April 27, 2009

(The list of stimulus package resources that follows was put together by our colleagues Stephen Sherman, in Atlanta; Katie Artzner, in Cleveland; and Jean Johnson, in San Francisco.)

Signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide more than $787 billion in spending and tax cuts intended to help stimulate the national economy.

ARRA MapShotThe Foundation Center has collected the best resources on how nonprofits may be able to access stimulus package funding. And our new MapShot: Best ARRA Funding Resources by State connects you to information about funding and other current opportunities in each state.

The act includes new or expanded government grant programs designed to provide assistance to communities or individuals affected by the economic crisis. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants provided by the act should visit Grants.gov for a listing of Recovery Act funding opportunities. For-profit organizations can find recovery procurement and contracting opportunities at FedBizOpps.gov.

In order to provide full accountability and transparency around the distribution of stimulus funds, the federal government has created the Recovery.gov Web site. Visitors to the site can read the full text of the act, view a timeline of administrative deadlines, and find news and updates on funding opportunities from federal agencies.

Most state governments and federal agencies have also created their own economic recovery sites. Directories of these official sites can be found at:

The National Council of Nonprofits has issued a series of special reports on the economic stimulus and recovery, including:

The National Council of Nonprofits also encourages organizations to contact their state nonprofit associations or their state and congressional representatives for more information on local stimulus funding.

Selected resources below may also be helpful.

Independent Sector -- Economic Recovery Act and Nonprofits -- Provides analysis of and commentary about ARRA, along with tips for nonprofit organizations on establishing strong ties with policy makers.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: State-By-State Estimates of Key Provisions Affecting Low- and Moderate-Income Individuals -- Issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, this report outlines key provisions of the act affecting low- and moderate-income individuals and includes a state-by-state analysis of funding provisions.

StateRecovery.org -- A service of the Council on State Governments, StateRecovery.org is targeted toward officials in state government but contains useful information on federal assistance, listings of grant opportunities, and a series of reports analyzing the prospective impact of stimulus funding at the state level.

National Conference of State Legislatures -- Economic Stimulus 2009 -- Provides summaries and analysis of major provisions of ARRA for state legislators, as well as information of use to the general public.

National Governors Association -- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- Created to provide information on state implementation of ARRA, analysis of many of the act's provisions, and links to additional resources.

Have a question? Ask us.

-- Stephen Sherman, Katie Artzner, and Jean Johnson

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