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 of which approximately $20 million is yet to be allocated.
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.
During Round 1, Forsyth County received 176 applications from local organizations and internal County departments requesting funding allocations. Between the Commissioners' two meetings on February 17, 2022 and March 3, 2022, more than $27 million was allocated. The ARPA Round 1 application process closed after the March 3, 2022 Commissioner meeting. For a summary of Round 1 click on the link below.
There will be significant changes to the Round 2 application process. Please read this section thoroughly.
We are pleased to announce that the Forsyth County ARPA Round Two Application will open on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 8 am.
Through the Round Two ARPA application the County will continue to evaluate applications based on ARPA eligible use categories under the ARPA Final Rule, considerations of legal use under North Carolina law, alignment with County goals and initiatives, as well as outcomes and impact on the community.
Please note that Round Two will have restrictions on who can apply. Based on North Carolina law, only Non-Profits and Governmental Organizations will be able to apply for funding. Individuals, businesses (Sole-Proprietors, Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations, and Corporations), or any company or organized group that is not a government-affiliated agency or non-profit will not be allowed to apply.
With about $20 million left over after the initial application round, Forsyth County's Round Two Application will prioritize the following submissions:
Areas not to be considered in Round Two include:
Applicants will be able to complete the Round Two application via Neighborly. Note that Forsyth County's Neighborly Portal is different from the City of Winston Salem's Portal. Organizations that have not used Forsyth County's Neighborly portal previously will need to create an account by registering. Once an agency is logged in, select "ARPA Program - 2022" as the application to begin. The application will remain open through Friday, June 10, 2022, closing at 5pm.
Please note that those wishing to apply for ARPA funding are required to attend a Mandatory Information Session to discuss the County's priorities and the application components. Multiple information sessions will be held throughout the application process. Information regarding information sessions will be provided below and updated weekly.
Thursday, May 5th, 10:00 am
Thursday, May 12th, 10:00 am
Monday, May 16th, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:00 pm
Clemmons Branch Library, Auditorium
6365 James Street
Clemmons, NC 27012
Tuesday, May 17th, 12:00 pm
Forsyth County Government Center
4th Floor, Multipurpose Room A
201 N. Chestnut Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101