American Rescue Plan (ARP) Resources – WithersRavenel

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Resources

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s administration plan for the approximately $1.6 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery funds for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is now available online.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s State Water Infrastructure Authority (SWIA) has announced that $675 million of competitive ARP funding will be available for water and wastewater projects. Applicants may be awarded up to $15 million (by community, not by project).

Applications for funding are due by May 2, 2022.

If you are seeking application assistance, please contact Amanda Whitaker as soon as possible.

Awards are tentatively set to be announced in July 2022.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act initial guidance has been released, and your funds are coming soon—now what?

On May 11, 2021 President Biden signed a third stimulus package into law, known as the American Rescue Plan Act. This act provides funding for units of government to use for replacing lost revenues and making needed investments in critical water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. The initial guidance for the use of these funds has finally been released and funds are coming soon.

Our Funding & Asset Management team is closely monitoring the legislation and accompanying guidance from the federal government. Below are the ARP resources they have prepared to help clients like you. For more specific guidance on how the ARP may be applied to your programs or projects, reach out to Amanda Whitaker.

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UNC School of Government Office Hours


The UNC School of Government (SOG) is offering free meetings via Zoom to address questions about ARP/ARPA Funds (AKA Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Funds, CLFRF, or Fiscal Relief Funds).

Each ARP Office Hour session will begin with a brief overview/update and then open up for questions about distribution, expenditure authority, and compliance requirements. Calls will be led by members of the School of Government. Colleagues from the NC League of Municipalities, NC Association of County Commissioners, NC Pandemic Recovery Office, Department of State Treasurer, and others may also join as schedules allow.

Dates & Times

  • Wednesday, January 5, at 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 13, at 8:30 AM
  • Friday, January 21, at 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 25, at 8:30 AM

How to Participate

For weekly Zoom login information, subscribe to the SOG’s Community Development listserv.

Interested in having a trusted partner assist you with scheduling and attending one of these sessions? Contact Amanda Whitaker.

ARP Webinar

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Stay up-to-date with ARP guidance, resources, upcoming webinars, and information

Meet Our Team

Amanda Whitaker

Amanda is a Project Manager in WithersRavenel’s Funding & Asset Management department and a former Economic Development Director for Montgomery County, NC. Her experience is concentrated in grant writing, grant administration, and community and economic development projects.

Megan Powell

Megan is a Project Manager in WithersRavenel’s Funding & Asset Management department and a former budget manager and internal auditor for Henderson County, NC’s general fund. She has worked on grant administration for ARRA funds and sustainability projects that involved outreach to the community.