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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

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Eligible Uses Overall Plan Give Us Your Feedback Phase 1 Projects Phase 2 Proposal Annual Reporting ARP Video Updates Resources

The City of Raleigh was awarded $73.2 million dollars that must be spent by December 2026 through the American Rescue Plan Act 2021. It was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021.

This once in a generation investment will:

  • Be awarded in three phases based on City Council priorities, community input, and recommendations from completed studies.
  • Give the public a chance to tell us how to prioritize ARPA funding using our interactive simulator tool

Make sure to check back regularly for updates as specific decisions about funding allocations are made.

Eligible Uses

Funding from the American Rescue plan can be used to:

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  • Improve community health readiness
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small businesses support
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis
  • Alleviate systemic challenges that face our community
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

This once in a generation investment will be awarded in three phases based on City Council priorities, community input, and recommendations from completed studies.

Overall Plan

There are three planned phases. The first is already underway. Information about each phase was also presented to council. 

Phase 1 (Aug. 2021)  The initial phase seeks to provide immediate relief to address negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City is seeking to:
  • Provide support to agencies assisting disproportionately impacted communities
  • Support small businesses and hospitality, including downtown revitalization
  • Begin identifying revenue loss and eligible uses of funding
Phase 2 (6-9 months) This phase seeks to align funding with identified City Council and community goals.  This phase will align with the FY23 budget process and seek to fund operational and capital needs.  Work will involve coordination with County and State partners to seek opportunities to leverage funds through partnerships.
Phase 3 (12 month plus) This phase will reassess community needs as part of the FY24 budget process to ensure funding is fully appropriated by December 2024.  The City will have until 2026 to fully spend down appropriated funding.

Give Us Your Feedback

The American Rescue Plan priorities simulation is now live! Help us rank this once-in-a generation investment.

The simulation tool allows users to add funding in areas that they believe are priorities for the City. Once you have allocated all the funding across the areas, be sure to hit "submit". You can even provide comments for specific projects that you believe deserve funding. City Council will use this information as they consider more funding options.

Note: The City of Raleigh received $73.2 million in funding from the America Rescue Plan. The budget simulator shows $71.9 in available revenue because $1.3 million of the funding is dedicated to ongoing costs associated with positions that are being added to support the implementation of the plan.

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Phase 1 Projects

The initial phase seeks to provide immediate relief to address negative impacts caused by COVID-19. Make sure to check back for updates.

Project Name Description  Funding
Human Service Non-Profit Agency Support
These funds will be used to provide direct services to low-income Raleigh residents who identify with one of the targeted groups: elderly, youth, individuals with disability (physical or mental), individuals who use substances, and are homeless.  $1 million
Hospitality Support  Funding was approved for improvements at City Plaza to include lighting and sound system upgrades and shade structures. These investments will promote safe physical distancing by allowing more events in an outdoor public space and to support the hospitality industry which has experienced negative economic impacts due to COVID-19.  $650,000
Downtown Activation Grant

The Raleigh Downtown Activation grant will provide funding to Raleigh based organizations to put on special events and activations that enhance the overall cultural environment and supports the City’s economy. The grant grant process will be run through a partnership between the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) and Office of Emergency Management and Special Events. 

Downtown Economic Development Study 
In partnership with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), the City is funding an Economic Development Study to develop a retail strategy, office market positioning, explore ways to increase diversity and equity initiatives, and identify catalytic opportunities. $250,000
Staff Support Two grant management positions (one in Budget and Management Services and one in Finance) were approved to oversee federal grant compliance reporting requirements. $230,000

Social Ambassador

In partnership with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), the Social Service Outreach Specialist is responsible for circulating throughout the Downtown District identifying and building positive relationships with persons on the street in need of services. The position helps people cope with challenges they are facing in their lives and refers them to resources structured to deal with their situation.


Phase 2 Proposal

Based on City Council feedback, staff will propose the following budget amendments at the September 21, 2021 City Council meeting: 

  • $10 million for affordable housing strategic acquisition  
  • $10 million for health initiatives awarded through a request for proposals (RFP) and review process 
    More information on Capital Project Proposals and link to RFP
  • $ 5 million for small business assistance through the Carolina Small Business Development Fund 
  • $500,000 to support the development of outdoor seating, also referred to as "streeteries" . 

At the October 19 City Council meeting, Council directed staff to fund the Raleigh Main Street Program, which is a startup program for early stage food and beverage and retail entrepreneurs and is designed to empower local business leaders of color and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program proposes to offer resources, mentorship and support to early stage business owners from idea exploration to growing and scaling their businesses. Program participants would be able to participate in pre- and post-accelerator programming and would have the opportunity to be connected to test kitchen space, fundraising platforms and funds, pop-up shop opportunities, and business support resources. The program was funded at the level of $584,965.

Annual Reporting

Annually, you can also track projects and spending through our American Rescue Plan Recovery Report that is submitted to the federal government. The Recovery Plan provides
information on the recipient’s projects and how they plan to ensure program outcomes are achieved in an effective and equitable manner. Reports will come out once a year. This year's report was due on Aug. 31, 2021. 

View Raleigh American Rescue Plan Recovery Report

ARP Video Updates

The Raleigh City Council receives updates and staff recommendations related to the American Rescue Plan projects. View videos below. Make sure to check back as updates will continued to be added. 


Want to know more about the American Rescue Plan? The federal government, state and local groups have compiled resources and information about best ways to use the funds. You can view these below. 



American Rescue Plan Projects Phase I Council Meeting:
View Video

Phase I Presentation:
View PDF

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