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COVID Recovery Funding

As many of you know, Buncombe County is slated to receive 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.

For those of you not familiar with the COVID Recovery Funding, this page is your one-stop resource to learn about what projects are available for funding, how to submit an application for your project, important deadlines, and other up-to-date news.

After discovering Buncombe County would receive this money, we sent a community survey to gather community input on ways we can best utilize it. We are excited to have received more than 7,000 responses, which you can also view on this website.

Please take a moment to view this website’s various resources concerning COVID Recovery Funding. Thank you for your involvement with this important and community-oriented initiative.


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
Examples of Types of 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.


COVID Recovery Funding timeline


Submit your proposal

Buncombe County requests proposals from nonprofit & public organizations for Recovery Funding projects.

NOTICE: Proposals will be received until July 15, 2021, at 5 p.m.

All proposals may be submitted electronically via the online portal.

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

During the session, staff will provide information about the RFP and answer questions from participants. All questions and responses from the session will be posted in the form of an addendum, and a recording of the session will be published.


Initial awards will be announced no later than Aug. 31, 2021. Buncombe County intends to make rolling awards, and contract term will vary depending on project.


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

Community Investment
200 College Street, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28801

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