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Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF)

The American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

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Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF):

The Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund will provide $19.53 billion to support non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs), which are local governments typically serving a population under 50,000. Treasury expects to make payments to states and territories, which will distribute amounts to eligible NEUs in their jurisdiction in accordance with the guidelines established by Treasury.

Additional Information on Non-entitlement Units (NEUs)

Recovery Plan

The Recovery Plan provides a retrospective and prospective information on the projects the Government of Puerto Rico is undertaking or planning to undertake and how it is planning to ensure program outcomes are achieved in an effective, efficient, and equitable manner.

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Guidelines

The U.S Treasury Department published the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments. These guidelines provide guidance to recipients-including Puerto Rico its municipalities-of the funding avaliable under the American Rescue Plan Act.

On August 3, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced the Caño Martín Peña Program, which makes up to $130 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to make necessary investments to improve access to a reliable potable water system, sanitary sewer system, and stormwater system in the Buena Vista Santurce community.

Investment: $130,000,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements.

On August 3, 2021, Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi announced the Low-Income Housing Repairs Program. This program makes up to $50 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to provide low-income families with funding for housing rehabilitation projects, including, but not limited to, relocation and assistance to remove temporary blue roof awnings.

Investment: $50,000,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

On August 3, 2022, the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (“DEDC”) was approved CSFRF funds for the purpose of funding the Molecular Sciences and Research Center’s (MSRC) performance. The MSRC is an advanced research facility of the University of Puerto Rico that conducts biomedical research with the objective to provide innovative solutions and new technologies that would bring economic and social prosperity to Puerto Rico. The program includes three strategic projects 1) Viviarium Development, 2) Research Recruiting and Attraction Program, and the Gene and Cell Therapy Operation.

Investment: $3,000,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

On August 3, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi established the University of Puerto Rico Program. This Program makes up to $94 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to provide the University of Puerto Rico system with sufficient funds to cover expenses associated with returning students to campuses across its university system. The Program will be administered by the Coronavirus Relief Fund Disbursement Oversight Committee (Committee) in conjunction with the University of Puerto Rico (“UPR”), and AAFAF.

Investment: Up to $94,000,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

The Government of Puerto Rico allocated $11.9 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to create the Grants Program for Research & Development of Covid-19 Treatments. The Program will be administered by the Coronavirus Relief Fund Disbursement Oversight Committee (Committee) in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce (PR-DEDC), and the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF).

Investment: $11,871,187

Restrictions: Given the stage of the pandemic, Puerto Rico has identified an opportunity of accelerating the development of new medications and treatments for COVID-19. This will also be an opportunity to further stimulate the Life Science economic sector in Puerto Rico, promoting the drug and product discovery with research and development programs, such as this one. This will be a grants program for research and development projects for the development of new treatments and or/ drugs to treat COVID-19. The projects evaluated can be either academic projects or projects performed by companies. All will be evaluated and scored based on public health impact and its economic development potential.

Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

On August 3, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced the Adoption and Family Service Centers Program (Program) which makes up to $13.5 million in CSFRF funds available to support the safety and well-being of children during their transition to an adoptive family by strengthening specialized adoption rooms and services.

Adoption allows couples and single adults to share their life with a child and enjoy the unique experience of parenthood. Adoption builds rewarding, meaningful relationships between adoptive families and birth parents. Adoption provides loving, stable homes to children who need them. Furthermore, through this Program, the government wants to integrate retired social workers to continue assisting families.

Investment: $13,500,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

This program makes $16.5 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and create a better experience for the elderly. Providing our elderly with good care is fundamental for our sense of community. When elder people are looked after carefully, it helps in maintaining a good balance in society.

Investment: $16,500,000

Restrictions: Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit. These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

The Program will be administered by the Coronavirus Relief Fund Disbursement Oversight Committee (Committee) in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of the Family (“Familia”) the Families and Children Administration (“ADFAN” by its Spanish acronym) and AAFAF.

The Legal Assistance program makes $15 million in CSFRF funds available to provide resources to facilitate access to justice. Of this allocation, $6 million is available to the Sociedad para Asistencia Legal de Puerto Rico (“SAL”), $3 million is available to the Registro de la Propiedad Digitalization Project and $6 million is available for repairs to the Shelter for the Protection of Victims and Witnesses.

Investment: $15,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

The Vaccination Incentive Program makes $10 million in immediate CSFRF funds available for incentives to reward previously vaccinated individuals and promote continuing vaccination efforts. COVID-19 vaccinations are clinically proven to be safe and effective in combatting the effects of COVID-19, and only through its vaccination efforts will Puerto Rico be able to return to normalcy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of August 6, 2021, Puerto Rico had administered over 3.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines representing 60.2% of its population as fully vaccinated. The Department of Health’s vaccination initiatives began between July 8-10, 2021, in hundreds of vaccination sites around the island after a coordinated digital and billboard advertising campaign. Daily vaccination rates in Puerto Rico had fallen to between 2,000-3,000 people per day, and down from 10,000 4 per day for March and April. According to DOH, during their first round of vaccination initiatives, over 29,000 vaccine doses were administered.

Investment: $10,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

This program makes $35 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to ensure detection and control of the spread of new strains and variants of COVID-19. Protecting and preventing our people from future COVID-19 outbreaks are a fundamental part of the pandemic recovery. COVID-19 genetic variations can lead to the emergence of new variants that may have different characteristics.

Investment: $35,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

This program makes $15 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to ensure accessibility to mental health services through coordinated efforts of the Mental Health and Anti- Addition Services Administration (“ASSMCA” for its Spanish acronym).

The pandemic brought mental and behavioral health into greater focus. The rapid and unexpected onset of Covid-19 led to an increase in a variety of mental health issues among all ages. Mental health heavily influences our quality of life. So, just like physical health, it must be taken care of and maintained. Disbursement of Program funds will be subject to the strictest standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations and best practices. Therefore, each request for disbursement will be duly documented and subject to control and audit.

Investment: $15,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

Acknowledging the importance of our local governments, responding firsthand to COVID-19 in their communities, the Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi announced on August 3, 2021, the allocation of $150,000,000 for the Municipal Strengthening Fund. This program will be available from November 2021 until December 31, 2024, with a yearly allocation of $50,000,000.

Investment: $152,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

On August 3, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced the Promote Puerto Rico Program, which makes up to $120 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to promote Puerto Rico as a tourist destination for locals, United States residents and other countries. To accelerate the recovery, the Program allocates funding into five different projects:

  • Promotion of Puerto Rico as a Tourism Destination (Click HERE)
  • Revitalize Tourist Attractions, Natural Resources, & Balnearios (Click HERE)
  • Promote Domestic Tourism (Click HERE)
  • Fostering Puerto Rico as an Entertainment & Convention Destination (Click HERE)
  • Market Puerto Rico as an Investment Destination (Click HERE)

Investment: $120,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

The Government of Puerto Rico allocated $20 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to create the Energy Incentive Program, which will provide up to a maximum of $25,000 to qualified small and medium businesses, to install green energy systems in their businesses, helping them to stabilize their operations and reduce costs and energy consumption in the long term.

Investment: $20,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures as stated in Program Guidelines and that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

On June 7, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced a Premium Pay initiative and expanded on this on August 3, 2021, where he established the Premium Pay to Essential Public and Private Sector Workers (Program). This program makes up to $200 million in immediate CSFRF funds available to recognize and reward essential workers who responded to the effects of COVID-19. Of this allocation, $20 million is available to the Department of Health for disbursement to its hospital employees, and an additional $20 million is available to the Department of Corrections for eligible frontline employees.

  • Phase I of the Program refers to providing Premium Pay to the Department of Health for disbursement to its hospital employees.
  • Phase I was established by the Committee on June 8, 2021, through Resolution 2021-38, and Phase I made $20 million available to Department of Health.
  • Phase II of the Program refers to providing Premium Pay to the Department of Corrections for disbursements to eligible frontline employees.
  • Phase III of the Program refers to providing Premium Pay to other public sector agencies for disbursements to eligible frontline employees.
  • Phase IV of the Program refers to providing Premium Pay to private sector employees for disbursements to eligible frontline employees.

Investment: $200,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

Essential hospital and CDT workers have been, and continue to be, pivotal to responding to the effects of COVID-19. To recognize these employees for their continued work despite COVID-19, the government will provide them with premium pay. This aid prioritizes retrospective premium pay where possible, recognizing that many essential workers have not yet received additional compensation for work conducted over the course of many months. This aid will also prioritize compensation of those lower income eligible workers that perform essential work. Any past hazard pay does not affect eligibility but does affect prioritization.

Investment: $75,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

On August 9, 2021, Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced Cultural Rescue program which makes up to $50 million in CSFRF funds available to support the financial liquidity of cultural institutions, repair historically significant buildings, and conservation and digitalization of historic documents. This program will be divided into two (2) phases:

Phase 1 – Phase 1 makes $10 million in immediately available funds as described below in the “Eligibility Criteria” section to Instituto de la Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), Corporación del Conservatorio de Música, Corporación de las Artes Musicales, Corporación del Centro de Bellas Artes and Escuela de Artes Plásticas.

Phase 2 – 4 Phase 2 makes $30 million available to restore and preserve historically significant buildings and $10 million for the conservation and digitalization of historic documents.

Investment: $50,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

The Assistance to Nonprofit Organizations Program in Puerto Rico (NGOs) under the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, is intended to provide assistance to NGOs for necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency. Allocation to each organization will be based on approval of budget submitted with each proposal.

Investment: $30,000,000

Restrictions: These funds will only be available to cover necessary expenditures related to the COVID-19 emergency that have not been covered or reimbursed, or that will not be covered in the future, by other state, federal or private programs that the entities may have. Organizations that receive these funds will not be able to use them to pay executive bonuses, debt refinancing or other expenses that are determined to be ineligible. Likewise, the beneficiary entities must sign an agreement as part of the program in which they agree to return the money if it is determined in the future that they did not comply with any of the eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries must spend the money on or before December 31, 2024.

  • Click HERE to download the Program Guidelines
  • Click HERE to Links to Presentation & Video: Assistance to Nonprofit Organizations Program in Puerto Rico (NGOs) (in Spanish)