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.
- 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.
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:
|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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
City Council Meeting ARP Phase 2 Proposal
American Rescue Plan Funding Initial Phase
American Rescue Plan Federal Guidance
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.