American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11th, 2021. This act provides U.S. cities and counties with $130.2 billion through December 31, 2024. The City of Durham will receive more than $50M as part of this allocation. These funds will be used to help offset revenue losses resulting from the pandemic, as well as fund other community needs. Specifically, these funds may be used to:

  • Support public health expenditures
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

For an overview of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program including an expanded use of eligible uses, see the fact sheet released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

City Timeline for Outreach & Allocation





April - June

Engage city departments and broader community to generate proposals for funding.


July - August

City staff vet and Council review proposals.



City Council vote on proposals for first ~$25 million.



Funds are allocated according to City Council’s decisions.


January and beyond

Evaluate the impact of investments and make recommendations for how to invest remaining federal funds.

Phase 1: Engage

The City and County of Durham have partnered with North Carolina Central University to help build stronger relationships between residents and community leaders around funding decisions. On June 8th, Durham residents were invited to discuss outstanding needs in our communities, share our common goals, and generate ideas for how to spend the more than $100 million that is coming to Durham (about $50M to the City and about $60M to the County) as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act that was passed by the US Congress earlier this year.

If you were unable to make this event, please take this survey to submit your ideas for how these one-time federal funds can support community well-being. 


This page will be updated regularly as specific decisions about funding allocations are made. In addition, you can view the resources below for additional information about the American Rescue Plan.