​New Round of ARPA Funding Applications Opens Monday, Oct. 10

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Mecklenburg County has announced that proposal applications for Round Two of funding to address the impacts of COVID-19 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will be accepted Oct. 10 – Nov. 27.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals for ARPA funds can visit the application portal when it opens Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. They are also encouraged to attend an information session:

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
2 p.m.
Valerie C. Woodard County Services Center, Entrance E (auditorium)
3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

For more information on ARPA and to access the application portal, visit MeckNC.gov/COVIDRelief.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

ARPA provides relief funds to eligible state, local and tribal governments that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus. The purpose of the funding is to support communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Mecklenburg County received its second round of funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2022. The minimum amount for which an applicant can request is $250,000 and Round One recipients are eligible to submit a second application.

In 2021, the Treasury Department allocated $215 million in ARPA funds to Mecklenburg County. Applications for funding resulted in 36 local projects recommended to receive a total of $59.4 million. That amount includes $26.9 million for projects that align with Behavioral Health and Health Equity; $14.6 million for Parks, Environment, and Infrastructure; $8 million for Affordable Housing and Homelessness; $6.7 million for Workforce and Economic Development; and $3 million for Childcare and Early Childhood Development. 

In 2021, Mecklenburg County launched an online community survey to gather feedback from residents to help identify funding priorities. The results of the survey were used to inform the investment strategy for ARPA funding that was approved by the Board of County Commissioners.