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COVID Recovery Funding

Buncombe County has been awarded about $50 million in federal COVID Recovery Funding to directly address COVID response efforts and peripheral economic fallout from the pandemic. This recovery funding for local governments is just one part of an overall package of aid to local communities supported by the American Rescue Plan Act.

How is Buncombe County using this funding?

Buncombe County will make rolling awards and will potentially have additional application rounds. See below for the projects awarded to date.

Total allocated so far: $22,344,499
# of projects funded: 26

COVID-19 Public Health Expenses: $1,543,714

  • COVID Contingency: $1,000,000
  • COVID Vaccination Support: $543,714

Mental Health/Substance Use Services: $2,374,873

  • Buncombe County Community Paramedic Collaborative: $1,074,873
  • RHA Health Services, All Access to Care: $1,300,000

Household Assistance: $602,400

  • Babies Need Bottoms, Diaper Assistance: $50,000
  • Green Built Alliance, Clean Energy Upgrades: $250,000
  • The Arc of Buncombe County, I/DD Household Assistance: $50,000
  • We Give a Share, Southside Community Kitchen: $160,000
  • Working Wheels, Affordable Vehicle Repairs: $92,400

Small Business Economic Assistance: $2,505,000

  • Asheville Area Arts Council, Creative Sector Recovery: $50,000
  • Asheville Museum of Science, AMOS Recovery Plan: $130,000
  • Center for Agricultural and Food Entrepreneurship, Building Capacity for Food Entrepreneurs: $200,000
  • Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, Community Equity Fund: $375,000
  • One Buncombe Small Business Grants: $500,000
  • Mountain BizWorks, Mountain Community Capital Fund: $1,250,000

Housing: $7,545,231

  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Infrastructure: $1,600,000
  • Buncombe County Home Repair & Supportive Services: $400,000
  • Homeward Bound, Permanent Supportive Housing Expansion: $3,000,000
  • Mountain Housing Opportunities, Recovery Starts at Home: $2,545,231

Community Violence Interventions: $1,262,500

  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Child Trauma Response: $262,500
  • The Mediation Center, Continuum of Victims’ Services: $1,000,000

Education Assistance: $419,309

  • Verner Center for Early Learning, Flexible Extended Care: $419,309
  • Incentive for COVID Risk to County Employees: $1,040,000
  • Broadband Infrastructure Expansion: $4,000,000
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Internet & Digital Literacy: $445,000
  • Fund Administration: $606,472

COVID Recovery Funding Key Dates

Buncombe County is taking action to create a recovery response that engages the local community and provides an inclusive process for fund distribution, including the following key steps.

Table: COVID Recovery Funding Key Dates
Dates Purpose
March 11, 2021 American Rescue Plan Act signed into law
March 30, 2021 Commissioner priority setting
April 21 – May 14, 2021 Community survey about recovery funding priorities
May 10, 2021 U.S. Treasury released initial spending guidance
May 19, 2021 Received first tranche (half) of funds: $25,366,645
June 1, 2021 Board of Commissioners added the funds to the budget
June 3, 2021 Released Request for Proposals (RFP)
June 17, 2021 Recovery Funding workshop
July 15, 2021 RFP closed
July 15 - August 31, 2021 Proposal review
August 31, 2021 Initial awards announced
September 21, 2021
3:00PM - 5:00PM
COVID-19 Recovery Funding Applicant Input Session #1
During Board of Commissioners Briefing Meeting
September 24, 2021
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Recovery Funding Community Input Session
Commissioner District 1
September 27, 2021
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Recovery Funding Community Input Session
Commissioner District 2
September 28, 2021
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Recovery Funding Community Input Session
Commissioner District 3
October 5, 2021
3:00PM - 5:00PM
COVID-19 Recovery Funding Applicant Input Session #2
During Board of Commissioners Briefing Meeting
October 19, 2021
4:00PM - 5:00PM
COVID-19 Recovery Funding Applicant Input Session for County Departments
During Board of Commissioners Briefing Meeting
November 16, 2021 Second Round of Awards Announced


Buncombe County is committed to transparency so that the community can follow along with how Recovery Funding is being spent and the results of the investments.

Stay tuned for more reporting in the months to come.


ARPA Community Input Sessions

The Board of Commissioners hosted public input sessions specific to Buncombe County's planned use of American Rescue Plan Act funds at the end of September 2021. You can view recordings of these sessions below.

September 24, 2021

September 27, 2021

September 28, 2021

The RFP period was open from June 3 - July 15, 2021. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Workshop - A virtual funding workshop was held on June 17, 2021 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Initial awards will be announced at the beginning of September 2021.

Download the COVID recovery funding workshop presentation.

English Recording

Spanish Recording

News & Information

Survey results

Learn more about what community members see as projects that should be prioritized by COVID Recovery Funding. View aggregated survey result information.

What can COVID Recovery Funding be used for?

The federal government provides guidance about how this money can be used and when projects must be started and completed.

Buncombe County is committed to investing these funds in projects that:

  • Align to county strategic plan and community priorities
  • Support equitable outcomes for most impacted populations
  • Leverage and align with other governmental funding sources
  • Make best use of this one-time infusion of resources
  • Have a lasting impact
Table: COVID Recovery Allowed Projects
Example Allowable Projects
Health clinics Broadband expansion & internet access Public health program improvements Food assistance Job training
Mental health treatment Homelessness services Small business loans Building ventilation improvements Affordable housing
Small business grants Vaccination Clean water projects Premium pay for essential workers Early learning & childcare
Community health workers Educational support Crisis intervention Home visiting programs Green infrastructure
Personal protective equipment Water & sewer infrastructure Violence Prevention Rent & mortgage assistance Overdose prevention

For a complete list of eligible categories and examples of allowable projects, view the Funding Categories. For more information about community-identified needs, check out our survey results.

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Director of Strategic Partnerships
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-6536

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