Staff are available to assist counties with claiming their Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund allocation from the Treasury Department, maintaining compliance with these funds, and completing all mandatory reports.
Much of the funding stemming from the American Rescue Plan Act is available in the form of competitive grants at the federal and state level. Staff proactively monitor grant programs and notify local governments of funding opportunities. They also advise local governments on funding fits and assist them with developing and submitting competitive applications. Frequent funding agencies include:
The State of North Carolina has prioritized efforts to build disaster recovery capacity among local governments, particularly as it relates to management of recovery funds. To that end, the General Assembly provided a grant to the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments to provide financial training and conduct activities to build regional and local capacity. The Association disseminated these funds to the sixteen Councils of Government across the state to oversee capacity building in their service area. High Country COG is using this funding to build capacity in several ways, including:
The American Rescue Plan Act and associated funding offers a generational opportunity for local governments to address long-standing needs and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Building long-term resiliency, however, requires thoughtful planning and assessment. COG staff are available to provide technical assistance and planning services to increase regional and local resilience, primarily focused on: