States and localities can use State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to support communities where everybody has what they need to thrive. SLFRF rules and guidance from the Biden Administration encourage states and localities to use their funds to address needs caused or made worse by the pandemic.
As you prepare to advocate for how you want the funds to be used in your community, the following questions can help shape your strategy and demands.
① How much money is coming to my state/locality?
② How much of the SLFRF allocation has already been obligated or spent?
③ Who is responsible for making decisions about SLFRF and what decision-making process will they use?
This may be the most difficult question to answer. In some cases, your Governor or Mayor might have the authority to decide how to spend funds. In other cases, they might need to work with the legislature or other governing body like a city council, city manager, county commission, appointed board or committee. Decisions might be made through the normal budgeting process, or special procedures (like task forces or working groups) may have been set up to guide the use of funds. One way to figure this out is to contact an elected official who is your ally for insight, and if you don’t have a champion already, now is the time to reach out and start building relationships.
④ Has your state/locality established opportunities for public engagement?
Community surveys, town halls, public hearings, and other forums can be important ways to inject your ideas into the decision-making process. If your elected officials haven’t set these up already, add public participation to your demands.
⑤ How do I think the SLFRF should be used?
⑥ How can I get involved?
This page provides ideas and tools for getting involved, and you can search for additional resources on the Resources page.