Additional Funding, Grants and Programs
In addition to each town's direct ARP appropriations, many state and federal ARP-funded grants exist to further support local governments as they both recover from the pandemic and invest in long-term, transformational investments.
This page provides a list of those funding opportunities.
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Water and Wastewater
This category offers broad flexibility and clear eligibility. It also stands as an area of significant need in North Carolina.
ARP Infrastructure Report
The League encourages municipalities to consider investment into water and wastewater infrastructure. This recommendation is made understanding the constraints of the ARP and the realities of North Carolina’s existing infrastructure challenges. Making investments in infrastructure represents one of the most likely paths to a lasting funding legacy.
The need, the eligibility, and the potential, all covered in-depth in the ARP Infrastructure Report.
Eligibility through the CWSRF and DWSRF
Local ARP funds are eligible to be spent on any project that is eligible under the federal Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. Examples of eligible project categories include water treatment, water transmission and distribution, and centralized wastewater treatment.
The eligibility handbooks for these programs are linked below:
CWSRF Eligibility Handbook
DWSRF Eligibility Handbook
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Eligibilities
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Eligibilities
NCLM Research Strategist Tammy DePhillip has detailed this spending category in our ARP blog, and you can read that full post here.
Key points covered:
What is the intention of this spending category?
What is considered premium pay?
Who is eligible for premium pay?
How is premium pay calculated?
Read More | Premium Pay: Who is Eligible and For How Much?
An eligible use of ARP funds for cities and towns is the replacement of lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and federal guidance provides a formula by which to determine that number.
Recipients can now choose to use either the formula provided by Treasury or a the "standard allowance" of $10 million. (Note: For the more than 500 towns that are receiving $10 million or less through the ARP, the standard allowance in effect means that you can qualify 100% of your funding as replacement revenue.)
To help with the calculations, we have published an online calculator created by the Government Finance Officers' Association. That calculator can be found on our blog, here.
Read More | Newly Flexible ARP Allows $10 Million 'Standard Allowance' for Revenue Loss
Read More | Calculate Your Town's COVID-19 Lost Revenue
U.S. Treasury Guidance
Full texts, overviews, explainers and updates are available on our U.S. Treasury Guidance Page.