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The New Economic Recovery Law: General Summaries

The Children’s Defense Fund has gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations that can help you become familiar with the Recovery Act funding and program activities available in states and communities. The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy provides links to these materials. This section of the guide provides general information on the Recovery Act and will be updated frequently to provide the latest and most helpful resources.

General Summaries and Updates: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act)

This site will continue to be updated, so check frequently for new information.

  • Grants.gov:  This is the official grant applications website for the Act’s new federal funding.  It includes program and grant descriptions, relevant federal agencies, and application deadlines. 
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL):  NCSL is tracking individual state activities and web sites related to Recovery Act funding. 
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: State-by-State Estimates of Key Provisions Affecting Low- and Moderate-Income Individuals": The Center provides useful descriptions and  state-by-state estimates for a number of the new major spending and tax provisions that will affect low- and moderate- income Americans.
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy, PolicyforResults.org: This new website gives state and local policymakers valuable information about proven strategies to overcome a range of problems affecting American children, families and communities. The site includes Strategies for Tough Fiscal Times and Stimulus Package Guidance.  
  • Every Child Matters Education Fund: Every Child Matters provides state by state data on stimulus investments from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and includes links to the state elected officials and some of the state departments that will be administering and overseeing these funds.
  • The New York Times, "The Stimulus Plan: How to Spend $787 Billion": The New York Times has prepared a very accessible summary with brief, easy-to-understand descriptions of each of the provisions, with links for more detail.
  • PolicyLink, "Demand Equity Now: A Recovery Briefing Series" is a bi-weekly call-in series, held every other Friday at 1 pm Eastern (10 am Pacific), that will focus on ways to infuse equity into the nation’s economic recovery.  Check the schedule below to view the topics to be discussed in upcoming weeks:
    • Friday, April 10: "Ending Poverty and Building Equity in the Federal Budget"
    • Friday, April 24: "Achieving a Fair, Transparent, and Accountable Recovery"
    • Friday, May 8: "Talking with the Media About Equity and Recovery"
    • Friday, May 22: "The Outlook for Health and Wellness in the Recovery"
    • Friday, June 5: "What's the Rural Agenda in the Economic Recovery Agenda?"
    • Friday, June 19: "The Green Recovery: How Communities Are Faring So Far?"
  • Center for Law and Social Policy and the 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys. “Identifying Opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Improve Outcomes for Black Men and Boys.” Black men and boys face disproportionately negative life outcomes in many domains, particularly education, employment, and justice. This audio conference will identify opportunities in the Recovery Act to provide education, training, and supportive services in a targeted manner to black men and boys. It will be Tuesday, April 14, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET.