Quick ARPA Update

Posted By: GP McLeer Covid-19 Response, Speaking Together,

ARPA Funding for Nonprofits

If you’ve followed Together SC’s advocacy work the last twelve months, you’ll notice one consistent message - nonprofits have continued to be impacted by COVID-19 and support to mitigate these impacts is a top priority for Together SC.

As 2021 progressed, that target moved from expanding the Governor’s request for $123 million for small business relief grants, to the creation of a nonprofit grant program within the state’s $2.5 billion appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

Where we stand in the New Year

  • We begin 2022 with a unified request of $100 million for a nonprofit grant program through the Department of Commerce that incorporates nonprofit sector input and leadership.
    • This request is inclusive of all nonprofits, with some targeted use of funds to address needs prescribed by ARPA federal guidelines and state priorities.
  • Now is the time for every nonprofit leader in the state to reach out to their legislators to help ensure they know of and hopefully support our request.
    • The Legislature will be developing their plans for the $2.5 billion in ARPA funds when they return to Columbia (starting January 11).
    • Call to set your meetings with legislators.  Collaborate with others to strengthen your message. Sign up to speak at your regional delegation's meeting.

Stay tuned for a special email to all Together SC members on what you can do to help and a more in-depth look at the proposal.

Quick Reflection 

We also thought it would be helpful for you to know what Together SC did in 2021 to get us here:

  • Issued ARPA guidance to the field and advocacy tips to reach local elected officials.
  • Worked with the Municipal Association of SC to provide local governments with guidance on creating local nonprofit grant programs.
  • Met with AccelerateSC leadership to advocate for a nonprofit grant program to be included in their recommendations to Gov. Henry McMaster.
  • AccelerateSC included $50 million for nonprofits, though with a limited scope.
  • Testified before the House ARPA Ad Hoc Committee - the only non-governmental group to do so.
  • Met with key legislators and staff to continue framing out a proposal.
  • Continue to convene an “ARPA Task Force” consisting of nonprofit leaders to get input and strategize together. 
  • Working with our philanthropic community to gather their input and support.