(1) Any rural or suburban fire protection district or mutual finance organization seeking funds pursuant to the Mutual Finance Assistance Act shall submit an application and any forms required by the State Treasurer. Such application and forms shall be submitted to the State Treasurer by September 20. The State Treasurer shall develop the application which requires calculations showing assumed population eligibility under section 35-1205 and the distribution amount under section 35-1206. If the applicant is a mutual finance organization, it shall attach to its first application a copy of the agreement pursuant to section 35-1204 and attach to any subsequent application a copy of an amended agreement or an affidavit stating that the previously submitted agreement is still accurate and effective. Any mutual finance organization making application pursuant to this section shall include with the application additional financial information regarding the manner in which any funds received by the mutual finance organization based upon the prior year's application pursuant to the act have been expended or distributed by that mutual finance organization. The State Treasurer shall provide electronic copies of such reports on mutual finance organization expenditures and distributions to the Clerk of the Legislature by December 1 of each year in which any reports are filed.
(2) The State Treasurer shall review all applications for eligibility for funds under the act and approve any application which is accurate and demonstrates that the applicant is eligible for funds. On or before November 4, the State Treasurer shall notify the applicant of approval or denial of the application and certify the amount of funds for which an approved applicant is eligible. The decision of the State Treasurer may be appealed as provided in the Administrative Procedure Act.
(3)(a) Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, funds shall be disbursed by the State Treasurer in two payments which are as nearly equal as possible. Such payments shall be made as follows:
(i) For applications received by the State Treasurer by July 1, 2020, such payments shall be made on or before November 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021;
(ii) For applications received by the State Treasurer after July 1, 2020, and by September 20, 2021, such payments shall be made on or before January 20, 2022, and May 20, 2022; and
(iii) For applications received by the State Treasurer by September 20 of any year thereafter, such payments shall be made on or before the next following January 20 and May 20.
(b) If the Mutual Finance Assistance Fund is insufficient to make all payments to all applicants in the amounts provided in section 35-1206, the State Treasurer shall prorate payments to approved applicants.
(4) Funds remaining in the Mutual Finance Assistance Fund on June 20 shall be transferred to the General Fund before July 1.
(5) No funds shall be disbursed to an eligible mutual finance organization until it has provided to the State Treasurer the financial information regarding the manner in which it has expended or distributed prior disbursements made pursuant to the Mutual Finance Assistance Act as provided in subsection (1) of this section.