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Raleigh Received $73.2M in American Rescue Plan Funding

Phase 2 proposal and new public funding priorities interactive tool

The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This act provides U.S. cities and counties with $130.2 billion through December 31, 2024. The City of Raleigh was awarded $73.2 million dollars that must be spent by December 2026 through the ARPA.

Phase 1 is underway and at the September 14, 2021 City Council meeting, staff presented on Phase 2 of the City’s plan to allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Phase 2 will focus on meeting the community’s needs to recovery from COVID-19 and the associated economic impacts. 

Staff received feedback from City Council on prioritizing the following areas: 

  • Economic Recovery – may include small business support, downtown revitalization, workforce development, hospitality support, and parking 
  • Housing/Homelessness – may include affordable housing or emergency shelter 
  • Community Health – may include mental health, food security/urban agriculture, or health initiatives  
  • Infrastructure – may include broadband, environmental/sustainability, recreation, arts, transportation, or water/sewer/stormwater 
  • Transit – may include transit supportive infrastructure  

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 
  • $ 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.  

Stay up to date

We will communicate our funding obligations with regular updates to the ARPA webpage. Here you will find general information about:

  • Funding eligibility
  • Phase 1 projects
  • Notices of funding availability (NOFA)
  • Reports to the federal government
  • List of previous funding commitments
  • Past City Council presentations 

Give us your recommendations

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.

Use the simulator

How to use the simulator

This  short video walks you through what the simulator is and how to to use this interactive tool.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Simulator


The City will be providing updates and additional information on these projects on its American Rescue Plan Projects Funding Page. For questions call 919-996-4270.

The City Council is expected to hear an update on these projects during its Sept. 21 meeting. You can also watch meetings online.