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.

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