The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal program to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, contain impacts on communities, residents and businesses, and lay a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
The City of Asheville has received $26.2 million as part of the ARPA program and is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to identify projects that will receive this one-time funding.
At its Sept. 14 meeting, the Asheville City Council voted to fund projects in the following categories:
- Affordable housing
- Care for aging residents
- City infrastructure
- Climate change
- Community communication
- Domestic violence prevention and assistance
- Food systems
- Homelessness services
- Small business recovery
- Workforce development
Proposals from governmental entities or nonprofit organizations will be accepted; the proposals also must deliver services to Asheville residents.
Following the November 1 deadline, a team will review all proposals and evaluate them based on the following criteria:
- Equitable community impact — 40%
- Project plan and evaluation — 40%
- Organization qualifications — 20%
For detailed instructions on how to submit proposals and to submit project proposals, visit the City of Asheville bid webpage, https://www.ashevillenc.gov/department/purchasing/bids/.
To submit any questions related to the RFP, email ARPA-RFP@ashevillenc.gov.