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Frequently Asked Questions

 1) What does the federal stimulus package mean for Alabama?
 2) How does the funding work?
 3) Who decides how the money will be distributed?
 4) Who is eligible to receive funds?
 5) How do I apply for stimulus funds?
 6) How will I know that funds are being spent wisely, honestly, and efficiently?
 7) What is the timeline for the funds to be spent?
 8) Where can I find out more information about individual provisions of the stimulus package?
 9) How is this website organized?
10) What if I have questions about the federal stimulus that are not answered by this website?

1) What does the federal stimulus package mean for Alabama?  [ back to top ]
Alabama expects to receive approximately $3 billion in federal stimulus funds. Alabama state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, businesses and schools will have the opportunity to compete for billions more in competitive grants and loans. The stimulus package contains more than $400 billion in spending measures, including substantial amounts for education, workforce development, energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, health care, social services, science, technology, law enforcement, and public and private infrastructure. In addition, the package contains more than $300 billion in tax cuts and tax incentives that provide substantial benefits for individuals, businesses, and governments.


2) How does the funding work?  [ back to top ]
The stimulus package is designed to quickly inject money into the economy by using pre-existing programs, criteria and funding methods. Some of the money will be distributed directly and automatically to federal agencies. Other portions will go directly to states and local governments using pre-existing funding formulas. Still other portions will be available from federal agencies through a competitive application process.

Some of the money that flows to the State of Alabama will go directly into the state budgets to prevent cuts to essential government services and teacher and state employee layoffs. Other portions of the money will be used by state agencies to distribute grants to local governments, nonprofits, schools and businesses.


3) Who decides how the money will be distributed?  [ back to top ]
For the programs administered by federal agencies, those agencies will publish their criteria and decision process online.

For programs administered by state agencies, decisions will be made under the same process currently used by those state agencies, which includes objective criteria and a rigorous review and approval process. These criteria and application processes are detailed on individual state agency websites.

The vast majority of programs available under the stimulus package have pre-existing rules and regulations regarding appropriate uses of funds and appropriate funding criteria. As a result, state agencies have much less discretion over the distribution of the funds than they might otherwise.


4) Who is eligible to receive funds?  [ back to top ]
Depending on the program, individuals, schools, local governments, nonprofits, higher education and research institutes, state agencies, and businesses may be eligible for funding. Check the program descriptions on this website and the summaries of the stimulus package referenced on this website to determine the programs for which you or your group may qualify.


5) How do I apply for stimulus funds?  [ back to top ]
Using this website, identify an individual program you qualify for and follow the links on this website for more information from the state and/or federal agency that administers the program.

6) How will I know that funds are being spent wisely, honestly, and efficiently?  [ back to top ]
The stimulus legislation requires an unprecedented level of accountability and transparency. For every program a state agency administers under the stimulus package, it must report to the federal government how much money it received, how much it spent, how the money was spent, how the funds were distributed, and the number of jobs that were saved or created. The bill also includes extensive provisions for federal oversight, reviews and audits, coordinated by a new federal Accountability and Transparency Board. Federal auditors will be regularly investigating state spending to ensure compliance. In addition, state agencies will use vigorous internal review procedures and will regularly make public reports available on this website to show clearly how the stimulus funds have been used.

7) What is the timeline for the funds to be spent?  [ back to top ]
It varies by program.  Individual time requirements will be published by the state and federal agencies administering the programs. Please visit Dates for more information on dates and timelines.

8) Where can I find out more information about individual provisions of the stimulus package?  [ back to top ]
Use the links provided on the Resources page of this website, or follow the links provided beneath the descriptions of individual provisions of the stimulus package on this website.

9) How is this website organized?  [ back to top ]
The information on this website regarding the stimulus package is organized by category of eligible funding recipient. The icons at the top of each page of this website provide links to a list of funding provisions that shows what programs each type of entity is eligible to benefit from. For example, the “Local Government” page provides a brief description of the stimulus provisions that may benefit local governments. Each description is followed by a link to a state or federal agency website, which can be followed to obtain additional information on each of these programs.


10) What if I have questions about the federal stimulus that are not answered by this website?  [ back to top ]
Click the Contact Us button at the top of the page. Fill out the contact form and submit your question. Members of Alabama’s Recovery Team will receive your question and contact you as quickly as possible with an answer.