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The American Rescue Plan Act

Signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocates $1.9 trillion to COVID-19 relief and economic recovery. North Carolina will directly receive more than $5.7 billion. These funds will be provided over two distributions. North Carolina has applied for these funds and anticipates receiving half of the distribution shortly and the second distribution in twelve (12) months.

Relief Fund Allocations by County

More than $50 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding came to North Carolina in 2020 to support the urgent needs of North Carolinians. The map below illustrates roughly half of those funds.

Congress passed five bills in 2020 to provide relief funding to North Carolina's people, businesses, state and local governments, health care providers, schools, and communities. During a time of tremendous uncertainty and intensity, these funds were used to respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic: helping hospitals acquire ventilators and PPE, supporting schools and businesses adapt to social distancing, distance learning, and teleworking, and providing rent, food, and unemployment relief to residents across the state.

NC is receiving nearly $30 billion in additional federal funds through the March 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These funds are not yet included in the map. NCPRO hopes ARPA recipients can use this map to identify remaining needs and consider stakeholders with which to coordinate as they plan the use of the new recovery funds.

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