Forsyth County seeks resident input on Rescue Plan funds 

Published 2:07 pm Sunday, July 4, 2021

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Forsyth County government is looking for resident feedback on how to spend American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The American Rescue Plan Act Citizen Survey is available on the county’s website, County residents are asked to review the information provided on federal guidelines about how the money can be spent and then provide input on what they’d like to see the county use the funds for.  County commissioners will consider the survey results when determining how the funding will be allocated.

Forsyth County is expected to receive approximately $74 million in ARPA funds, of which approximately $56 million has yet to be allocated. Based on federal guidance, the funds can be used to support Public Health’s  response, replace public sector revenue loss, address negative economic impacts, for premium pay for essential workers, water and sewer infrastructure and broadband infrastructure.

The survey is the first step in the county’s process to allocate the funds. The initial application process for organizations wishing to receive funding is scheduled to open in mid-July and run through late August. Commissioners are expected to review the applications and approve funding in September or October.  The county anticipates that there will be multiple application periods, and that not all federal funding will be allocated this fall.