The League of California Cities has released a City Funding Book to guide cities on how to access and apply for federal funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), recently signed by President Barack Obama. The first version of the “City Funding Book,”which was released February 19, 2009, is available in the Federal Economic Stimulus section of the League's Web site . As more information becomes available, there will be regular updates to this book on the League's website. A direct link to the City Funding Book is www.cacities.org/resource_files/27711.2009ARRA%20Report21908.pdf.
The first few pages of the City Funding Book provide important and necessary details on how to register an individual city so that it can be eligible for any federal dollars. In addition, the opening pages provide important details on the unprecedented accountability and transparency requirements included in the ARRA. To meet these requirements, the federal government has set up a Web site, www.recovery.gov/, that will list each recipient of funds and project details.