American Rescue Plan Act

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City of High Point Non-Profit Application Process – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

On February 6, 2023, the Mayor and City Council approved an application process for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the City of High Point. The City will accept applications from non-profit agencies for programs/services to be funded with these dollars. Up to $5,847,426 is available for allocation. 

 Requests should be one-time and showcase program sustainability after the funds have been spent, if applicable. Submissions will be evaluated based on the themes from community input sessions held in November 2021, including employment, community programs, housing, education, and infrastructure, as well as the priorities of the Mayor and City Council.

 The application process will follow the below timeline:

 March 6The City of High Point, Non-Profit Application Process, is closed.

 March 22 – Q&A/workshop (staff available to answer questions on the application process) – 10 am, Council Chambers, High Point City Hall, 211 S Hamilton. Click to see the presentation from the 3.22 meeting

 April 17 – Applications due

 April/May – Applications reviewed by the Finance Committee

 May/June – Recommendations for funding presented to High Point City Council

If there are questions about the application process or American Rescue Plan Act funds, please contact:
Stephen Hawryluk
 Budget and Performance Manager

What is ARP

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan was signed into law. This bill includes direct financial assistance to local governments that have faced revenue losses and added safety expenses in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes over $1.3 billion for cities and towns in North Carolina. High Point is projected to receive $22,699,511 paid out in two installments over the next 12 months in ARPA funds.

Click to read the entire American Rescue Plan Bill. 

How It Can Be Spent

The funds may be spent in a variety of ways to reduce the impact of the pandemic, including assisting households, small businesses and nonprofits; offsetting City revenue losses caused by the pandemic; aiding impacted industries, such as tourism, travel and hospitality; or making necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure. They cannot be spent on a tax rate reduction or to delay a tax increase.

Public Discussion

The City of High Point hosted a joint public input meeting with Guilford County regarding using ARPA funds on October 25, 2021. We also had two community listening sessions on November 16 & 18.

Results from Public Discussion

Click to review the report from our public input meetings

ARPA Funding Update

Council Allocates Funds to Police Services

On Feb. 21, 2022, the High Point City Council approved a grant project ordinance allocating $5,862,085 of the City’s $22,699,511 ARPA fund to revenue replacement dollars for police services.

Grant Project Ordinance

The $5,862,085 allocated to police services freed up funds to cover critical initiatives deferred as part of the FY 2021-22 budget. The full list of approved projects can be found here: Critical Items Deferred During FY 2021-22 Budget.

On April 18, 2022, the City Council received an update on American Rescue Plan funding, including funds committed to date, projects that Council has expressed an interest in, and outside requests received.
American Rescue Plan Committed and Requestedas of 4.18.22
High Point ARPA Funding update - 4.18.22

On May 2, 2022, the City Council appropriated $3,000,000 in American Rescue Plan funding for government services. This action freed up $3,000,000 to be utilized to purchase property at 300 A Oak and 311 W. Russell Avenue for the development of a small-scale manufacturing facility.

On February 6, 2023, the City Council appropriated $7,990,000 in American Rescue Plan funding for government services. This action freed up $7,990,000 to be utilized for the homeless day shelter ($2,000,000), the Foxwood Meadows alternate access project ($990,000), the shared-use commercial kitchen ($2,000,000), and up-fits at 300 Oak Street ($3,000,000).

On February 20, 2023, the City Council will discuss the application process.

American Rescue Plan allowed use of funds
American Rescue plan not allowed use of funds