ARPA Funding

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and provides $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy as the country recovers. Forsyth County was awarded approximately $74 million in ARPA funds.

Forsyth County Commissioners instructed staff to conduct public application processes to receive funding requests from local agencies and internal County Departments. To be considered for funding, proposals must demonstrate they are an allowable use under ARPA guidance. Please review ARPA Final Rule for details on what is allowable.

Community Impact

Forsyth County created an interactive Story Board detailing how the $74M in Forsyth County American Rescue Plan Act funds were allocated to approved projects.

The Story Board includes a dashboard summarizing each approved project, graphs showing allocations by category, outreach efforts, as well as the percentage of funds to disproportionately impacted communities. In addition, the Project Map displays ARPA projects by County Commissioner Districts and Qualified Census Tracts.

To view the interactive ARPA Dashboard and related resources click the link below.

Video Series

To shine light on the County's efforts to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars to invest in area non-profits, a video series highlighting partnerships was produced. The videos explain how the county received ARPA dollars, created a process to invest in areas of the community and the individual non-profits and their work. The videos will be launched every other week and are featured below.

Important Dates

Dates Purpose
March 11, 2021 The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law
May 19, 2021 County received initial ARPA funding $37,128,161
June 9, 2021 County received second installment of ARPA funding $37,128,161
July 1, 2021 County seeks resident input on Rescue Plan Funds
July 19, 2021 - August 27, 2021 County Application Submission for American Rescue Plan Funds (Round 1)
July 21, 2021 First ARPA Application Information Session
October 21, 2021 First External Applications added to County Commissioner Meeting Agenda
April 26, 2022 - June 10, 2022 County Application Submission for American Rescue Plan funds (Round 2)
September 28, 2022 County Commissioners approve final Community Investments with ARPA Funds
December 21, 2024 All funds must be Encumbered
December 31, 2026 All funds must be Spent

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