The City expects to invest a once-in-a-generation $38.6 million in federal funds to support the City’s recovery from the pandemic through the end of 2024.

The City of Chattanooga announced the launch of its “One Chattanooga Relief and Recovery” process and plan, which will help inform Chattanooga’s equitable economic recovery and drive the investment of the over $38.6 million allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

The American Rescue Plan provides substantial monetary relief from the federal government to help communities like Chattanooga emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chattanooga received $19,320,253 in ARP dollars in 2021 and is expected to receive roughly the same amount in 2022. 

Mayor Kelly has announced his intention to make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest these dollars into lasting solutions that will spark generational change in our community. These investments will address our city’s longstanding and most difficult challenges. The City has now opened the application process to proposals from Chattanooga residents, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic institutions, and the broader community.

Building on the Mayor’s commitment to integrating an equity lens throughout city government, Mayor Kelly announced that, in partnership with The Urban League and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the City will charter a 12-member Equitable Recovery Commission, an advisory group composed of community members and leaders who will help coordinate the City’s recovery efforts across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

The City has launched the application process for the Commission and, once assembled, the commission will meet over the next several weeks and months ahead to advise the mayor on investment priorities, process, and structure with the intention of maximizing the long-term benefit of Chattanooga’s residents.

Application period for funding requests has been extended and will close on Feb. 4, 2022.

What types of projects are likely eligible? Read the interim final rule from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to see if your idea will meet the criteria. Some federally eligible uses:
  • Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet
  • Efforts to reduce and respond to violent crime – particularly gun violence – by investing in community policing, community violence interruption, and other programs that are proven to reduce crime.
  • Mental health services and substance use disorder services, including for individuals experiencing trauma exacerbated by the pandemic.

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