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. 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].
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.
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
- Links to apply through the Georgia Grants portal by use category
- Information on the application process, including an overview of application requirements, with further details and links
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:
- $8.1 billion in state and local fiscal assistance
- $7.2 billion in education assistance
- $800 million in public health assistance
- $600 million in housing assistance
- $300 million in transportation assistance
- $300 million for other forms of assistance
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:
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:
- Addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time using evidence-based interventions like the state’s Continuous Improvement Teams, designed to increase bandwidth, infrastructure, and equipment for students and educators; create and curate standards-aligned instructional resources and courses; and provide responsive and relevant professional learning.
- 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.
- Summary of provisions: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 / National League of Cities An interactive summary of all ARPA provisions, plus links to agencies that have received funding.
- Fact sheet: The American Rescue Plan Will Deliver Immediate Economic Relief to Families / U.S. Treasury
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.
- Fact Sheet: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds / U.S. Treasury
- FAQ: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds / U.S. Treasury (last updated July 19)
- Interim Final Rule: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Guidance for the Funds established under the American Rescue Plan Act.
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.
- Compliance and reporting guidance for states and local governments receiving Fiscal Recovery funds / U.S. Treasury Additional detail and clarification for compliance.
Uniform grant guidance / National Archives Language from the Code of Federal Regulations.
ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations / National Conference of State Legislatures Allocations made so far across all states.
- Guidance on distribution of funds to non-entitlement units / U.S. Treasury An overview for the $19.53 billion in funding allocated for non-entitlement units of local governments.
- County-level analysis and insight of Fiscal Recovery Funds / National Association of Counties Includes a mappable index of county allocations.
- ARPA: What Georgia cities need to know / Georgia Municipal Association Information aimed at city leaders.
- Guidance for local government finance officials / Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs Details on the fund and revenue account to be used in accounting for Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in Georgia.
- Information for Georgia County Commissioners / Association of County Commissioners in Georgia