City of Chattanooga

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 in 2021 announced the launch of its “One Chattanooga Relief and Recovery” process and plan, designed to provide substantial monetary relief from the federal government to help our city 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. Of the total, the majority — $30 million — is being spent through a framework devised by the Equitable Recovery Commission, with the remainder spent on other projects such as permanent supportive housing.

Mayor Kelly chartered a 12-member Equitable Recovery Commission, in partnership with The Urban League and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, to serve as an advisory group to help create a spending framework.

The Commission issued its framework in late April. In its framework, the Equitable Recovery Commission first analyzed Mayor Tim Kelly’s One Chattanooga strategy, and from there recommended a single goal — catalyzing the economic growth of the Black community — serve as its primary objective.

To help spur economic growth in Chattanooga’s neighborhoods, the commission recommended funding projects which fall into the following four priority areas:

  • Ensure accessible housing for all Chattanoogans
  • Build a universal path to early learning and provide high-quality childcare
  • Close the gaps in public health
  • Build a competitive regional economy

Next steps include a formal notice of funding opportunity, technical assistance for applicants, and final application deadlines.

  • The formal notice of funding opportunity will be made available at on Friday, April 29. 
  • The city will host a virtual applicant information session on May 3 at 1 p.m. to provide technical assistance for applicants. 
  • An additional in-person applicant information session for technical assistance is scheduled for May 9 at 5 p.m. at the Edney Innovation Center 5th floor (1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402)
  • The final date to submit applications is currently set for June 3 at 5 p.m. 
  • Notices of intent to award to be released in early July.
  • The ARP spending plan is contingent on City Council approval.


Please visit our news page for more information, opportunities to get involved, and updates on the process. You may also contact us if your question is not addressed on the website.

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