Why Lead Together

The State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) created by the 2021 American Rescue Plan represents a $350 billion investment in flexible federal aid for states, localities, territories, and tribal governments to address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as long-standing community challenges such as lack of affordable housing, and access to mental health services and childcare. States and localities have through 2026 to take advantage of this historic opportunity to lay the foundation for an equitable recovery.

However, because of the flexibility of the SLFRF program, there is no guarantee that states and localities will engage the community or make transparent spending decisions. Communities could be shut out of this resource if they don’t have the right tools to advocate for equitable and impactful investments.

We created this site to equip organizers and advocates with information and resources, as well as opportunities to connect with and learn from others engaged in SLFRF campaigns. Together, we can use SLFRF funds to build a better future in our communities.

How to Advocate for SLFRF Spending →
photo of a speaker at a Build Back Better rally
Photo by Jennifer Wells

A Multi-Group Effort

This project was developed by the coalition of progressive organizations listed below. The SLFRF program offers the opportunity for transformative change, and it is essential for those who believe in racial equity and economic justice to work and lead together. Our organizations have connections to grassroots organizers and advocates in every state. We designed this site as a vehicle to enable those groups to connect, cooperate and coordinate across states and within them, to drive a movement for change. Its vitality and usefulness depends on you.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

Community Change (CC)

The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

Hester Street (HST)

Local Progress (LP)

People’s Action (PA)

State Revenue Alliance (SRA)