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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) resources

The resources curated here cover the role of funding allocations made under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), current opportunities to apply for ARPA funding, and guidance for applicants in Georgia.
 

NEW: Live technical assistance for ARPA funding applications

To help you compete for State ARPA funds ahead of the October 31 deadline (details below), GCN consultants are hosting technical assistance "drop-in" hours through Zoom to answer any questions you have about navigating the application process.

Click a link below during any of our technical assistance hours, and a consultant will be there to help you! (No registration needed, all times ET.)

     Oct. 20: 10:00 am - 11:00 am / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
     Oct. 22: 9:00 am - 10:00 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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     Oct. 25: 10:00 am - 11:00 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
     Oct. 26: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm / 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
     Oct. 27: 10:00 am - 11:00 am / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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     Oct. 28: 9:00 am - 10:00 am / 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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     Oct. 29: 9:00 am - 10:00 am / 10:00 am - 11:00 am

One-on-one assistance is also available for those unable to join these technical assistance hours; to set up an appointment, please email [email protected].

Our heartfelt thanks go to Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for making this service available!
 

ARPA funding now available

Provider Relief Fund and ARP Rural Payments / Deadline: October 26
Open to all nonprofit healthcare providers, with specific funding for rural organizations.

State Fiscal Recovery Fund / Deadline: October 31
Aiding response to the pandemic and its negative impacts on the economy, individuals, and businesses. Details and resources below.

Georgia Humanities ARP Grants / Deadline: November 1
Up to $20,000 in flexible funding for growth and recovery in the humanities; cycle opens October 1.

Good Jobs Challenge / Deadline: January 26, 2022
Investing in collaborative skills training systems and programs to get Americans back to work.

Build Back Better Regional Challenge / Deadline: March 15, 2022
Transformational investments for regional coalitions aiming to revitalize their economies.

Competitive Tourism Grants / Deadline: Rolling
For projects that support communities hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors.

Economic Adjustment Assistance / Deadline: Rolling
Supports a wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, public works, and infrastructure projects.

Indigenous Communities / Deadline: Rolling
Available for nonprofits serving Native Hawaiians or particular Native Pacific Islanders; see grant page for geographic details.

Research and Networks Grants / Deadline: Rolling
Supports research assessing and supporting the equity and resilience of local economies.


Applying for State Fiscal Recovery funding

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, signed into law on March 11, a $1.9 trillion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to aid states, counties, and cities in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts “on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.”

For 2021 and 2022, the Fund has allocated over $4.8 billion to the Georgia state government and $3.5 billion to local governments in the state – more than $2 billion for Georgia counties, $1.4 billion for Georgia cities, and $861 million for “non-entitlement” municipalities (governments serving populations of under 50,000).

The State has opened a competitive grant process for a portion of its Fiscal Recovery Fund allocation. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2021. Applications for this competitive cycle are open for proposals specific to Broadband Infrastructure, Water and Sewer Infrastructure, and Negative Economic Impacts.

Keep in mind:

  • Most eligible nonprofit work falls under Negative Economic Impacts: helping workers, households, small businesses, or industries overcome economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • The Treasury recommends nonprofits “assess the connection” between the pandemic and the economic harm addressed, including its nature, its and extent, and how Fiscal Recovery funding would address it.
  • It may be worth investigating the other two categories; for instance, digital literacy initiatives may fall under “broadband infrastructure.”
     

Critical resources for State applicants

NEW: Live technical assistance drop-in hours with GCN consultants is available through October 29!

State Fiscal Recovery Fund overview, updates, and application / Office of Planning and Budget

Webinar: Grants available through the State Fiscal Recovery Fund / Office of Planning and Budget A brief overview of the application process.*

Webinar: Jobs and Infrastructure Committee Meeting / Office of Planning and Budget A comprehensive overview of the application process, including acceptable uses and reporting requirements. (Applicants are encouraged to view this webinar for insight into what reviewers are looking for.)*

Webinar: Planning strategically for ARPA funds / UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government Discussing the best ways for local governments to deploy funds, which nonprofits can use to better understand opportunities for funding at the city, county, and community level.

Timeline for State Fiscal Recovery Fund (updated 8/19/21)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has extended the deadline to apply for State Fiscal Recovery Funds grants to October 31, 2021. (Click image to expand.)


ARPA allocation in Georgia

In all, Georgia is projected to receive at least $17.4 billion through the American Rescue Plan Act by the end of 2024, which will go to state governments, local governments, and individuals. Georgia’s investment plan for this funding includes:

In terms of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, Georgia is set to receive $4.8 billion in two funding “tranches;” the first has already been released, and the second is scheduled to be distributed in May 2022.

Total distributions for each Georgia municipality (including both tranches) can be found here: 

Find out more by checking out the ARPA State of Georgia Program Summary. You can also find out how much Fiscal Recovery funding has been allocated for each state here.
 

How ARPA funds are being used in Georgia

This section will be updated as information becomes available. For a national perspective, you can consult this nationwide index of State Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations so far.

October 2021 / Georgia to Serve 10,000 Additional Children Through CAPS Child Care Program
This increase in the number of children also includes an expansion of CAPS eligibility limits, making more children and families eligible for the program. New guidelines will increase the entry income threshold from 50% of the State Median Income (SMI) to 85% of SMI. The expansion, which continues through October 1, 2024, utilizes funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

July 2021 / Georgia’s plan for use of ARPA funds to support K-12 schools and students approved; DOE distributes remaining $1.4 billion to state
The ARPA state plans approved by the Department of Education, including Georgia, will put federal pandemic resources to support safe in-person instruction and meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students, with a focus on the students most impacted by the pandemic. Among the activities included:

  • Investing in summer learning and expanded after-school programs by awarding three-year Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grants to organizations that operate comprehensive out-of-school programming over the summer months, during the academic year, or year-round; grants will be administered by the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network.


Additional resources

Full bill: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 / U.S. Congress

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds / U.S. Treasury The ARPA funding landing page, with an overview of objectives, reference materials, and the most up-to-date FAQ.

Award terms and conditions for states and local governments receiving Fiscal Recovery funds / U.S. Treasury Covers approved uses, period of performance, reporting, record-keeping, conflicts of interest, and compliance.

ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations / National Conference of State Legislatures Allocations made so far across all states.

 

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, we recommend checking the American Rescue Plan page maintained by the Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.