McMaster Releases ARPA Recommendations

Posted By: GP McLeer Speaking Together ,

Thanks to our friends at the SC Arts Alliance for allowing us to use their update!

Read the press release >>
See the full slide deck (ARPA on slide 24) >>

The state has received $2.5 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed into law back in March of 2021. Back in the summer of 2021, the Governor reactivated AccelerateSC (a group of advisors made of business, government, and education leaders) to develop recommendations on how to allocate these funds. AccelerateSC had also developed re-opening guidelines and recommendations on how to spend the state’s CARES Act money in 2020. AccelerateSC released their recommendations in August and included a $50 million nonprofit grant program, however it was limited in scope (arts not eligible) and managed by DSS.

The Governor’s recommendations do not include any nonprofit grant program. You can read his full list of recommendations here (combined with his budget proposal). The Governor’s recommendations do not include much detail into the “how, why, and when” for each item. 

$100 Million for Nonprofits Proposed by Together SC

Together SC is leading the charge on advocating for $100 million out of ARPA funds to be invested in the work of nonprofits across the state through the Department of Commerce. Please sign on to this letter of support by January 21!