The U.S. Department of the Treasury just released guidance to help local or state governments prepare to apply for pandemic relief assistance, as provided under H.R. 1319 , or the American Rescue Plan, which became law in early March. Treasury will issue guidance on how to apply for these funds in the coming weeks. It will be posted on a Treasury website . This pre-application information will help local governmental entities eventually apply for some of the $130 billion being provided in the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. This money can be used for a variety of purposes, including investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure and providing premium pay for essential workers. Treasury is recommending that governmental entities interested in applying for these funds take the following steps: Ensure the entity has a valid DUNS number . A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify an organization and is issued by Dun & Bradstreet. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. A DUNS number is required prior to registering with the SAM database, which is outlined below. Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge. If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process. Ensure the entity has an active SAM registration . SAM is the official government-wide database to register with in order to do business with the U.S. government. All Federal financial assistance recipients must register on SAM.gov and renew their SAM registration annually to maintain an active status to be eligible to receive Federal financial assistance. There is no charge to register or maintain an entity SAM registration. If an entity does not have an active SAM registration, visit SAM.gov to begin the entity registration or renewal process. Please note that SAM registration can take up to three weeks; delay in registering in SAM could impact timely payment of funds. Click here for a quick overview for SAM registration . Gather the entity’s payment information , including: o Entity Identification Number (EIN), name, and contact information o Name and title of an authorized representative of the entity o Financial institution information (e.g., routing and account number, financial institution name and contact information) Eligible Non-entitlement Units of Local Government will receive a distribution of funds from their respective state government . “Non-entitlement units of local government” are defined in 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(5) that are not metropolitan cities. For these Non-entitlement units of local government, Treasury will allocate and pay funds to state governments, and the state will distribute funds to non-entitlement units of local government in proportion to population. Non-entitlement units must have a valid DUNS number to meet reporting the requirements under the program. If an entity does not have a valid DUNS number, visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ or call 1-866-705-5711 to begin the registration process. Questions can be directed to Tommy Holmes , AWWA’s legislative director.