ARP process timeline, beginning with stage 1 input and ending with approval of the spending plan
Get Engaged

We'll keep opportunities for you to provide feedback here. 

July 27 - August 9 - Stage 1 Community Priorities Survey

This survey asks how you would send $77 million on your city. We want to know so we can align our draft spending plan with community priorities. Take the survey, share it with a friend and stay tuned for the results.

We'd appreciate you spreading the word. Here's a downloadable flyer.

September 21 - October 4 - Stage 2, Draft Plan Feedback

Take the survey here.

Or attend a public meeting:

9/28, 6:00 at Southside Community Center

9/30, 6:00 at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave.

10/4, 6:00 at Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, 1830 Creighton Rd.

The American Rescue Plan

A Transformative Investment for Richmond

Use this page to learn more about the American Rescue Plan, a piece of federal legislation that will allow for huge investments in our city's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The page will be updated as the city moves along the project timeline.

The draft spending plan, which reflects public input from Round 1 of engagement and meetings with Richmond City Council members, is now publicly available. Learn about it below and let us know what you think by taking this survey or attending a public meeting. Para ver en español, haga clic aquí.

ARPA Timeline, currently at second round of engagement

Get engaged!

Take the survey:

It's open through October 4 at 11:59. It walks you through the main spending buckets for the federal money and asks you how you rate the approach, what you might add, and what you might take away.

 

Create your own user feedback survey

Attend a public meeting:

The city will host in-person public meetings where attendees will receive an informational presentation, have the chance to ask questions, and provide feedback on the draft plan. Meetings are dispersed throughout the city, and all are welcome at each:

  • September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Southside Community Center, 6255 Old Warwick Road
  • September 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue
  • October 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Boys and Girls Club Metro Richmond Teen Center, 1830 Creighton Avenue

Build Back Better: The Draft Spending Plan for Richmond's American Rescue Plan Act Funding

We asked how the pandemic affected you and what you prioritize as our city and our nation recovers. You defined what "better" can look like in Richmond, and we designed the draft plan to get us there. 

Click through the tabs below or view this presentation to explore how Richmond will build back healthier, stronger, safer, greener and more resilient, with an emphasis on strengthening affordable housing and serving the youngest among us.

Below, you can see a GIS map of the proposed capital projects and where they are in the city. 

 

Building Back Affordable and Healthy Homes - $32.3 M

Item Description Amount
Affordable Housing Trust Fund Incentivizing and building housing across the affordability spectrum around the city $20 M
Creighton Court Redevelopment Phase I Providing an alternative to public housing for current residents of Creighton Court $6.8 M
Highland Grove Redevelopment Phase I Building new homes in the neighborhood of Highland Grove $5.5 M

 

Building Back Healthier - $5 M

The $5 million will go toward a Health Equity Fund, which will support public health efforts in the following areas:

  • COVID-19 (vaccines, outreach, stopping the spread, other unknowns, etc.)
  • Vaccine incentives for kids
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Access to care and health education
  • Food access and security
  • Maternal and infant health
  • Underlying health conditions

Building Back for Our Kids - $80 M

Item Description Amount
Childcare and parental supports Helping parents meet childcare needs $2 M
Parks and Recreation Master Plan First ever master plan for green spaces and community facilities in Richmond

$500,000

TB Smith Community Center Improved community center in the 8th District, located off Ruffin Road near Davee Gardens $20 M
New Community Center at Lucks Field Transform Lucks Field into a community center in the 7th District – located central to Richmond’s Church Hill Neighborhoods  and walkable from Whitcomb, Mosby, Fairfield, Creighton, Union Hill, Peter Paul, Eastview, Woodville and Brauer’s $20 M
Calhoun Community Center Partnering with RRHA to regain management of and renovate the Calhoun Center, including reopening the Gilpin swimming pool $8 M
Southside Community Center Finalize improvements to Southside Community Center in the 9th District $16 M
James River Branch Trail Connecting Southside offroad to the James River Parks System $9 M
Crooked Branch Ravine Bridge Connecting Wythe to the Fall Line Trail and Forest Hill Park $1 M
Texas Beach/North Bank Tower Repair Connecting Maymont to the James River Park System $2 M
Property acquisition for new parks in the Southside To ensure every Richmonder can take a 10-minute or less walk to a park $1.5 M

 

Building Back Stronger - $5.9 M

Item Description Amount
Small business grant application support and outreach Providing technical and marketing support for small businesses and non-profits to help expand their capacity and expertise to apply for state and federal grants $1 M
Façade and city beautification improvements Placing signage, trees, and other aesthetic enhancements to make commercial districts more welcoming $2 M
Office of Community Wealth-building Workforce Development and Community Ambassadors Providing programming, employment connections, public information and service navigation $1.5 M
COVID-19 Administrative Response Reserve Assist in the continuity of government operations and our ability to respond to the needs of our residents $1.4 M

 

Building Back Greener and More Resilient - $23.3 M

Item Description Amount
Climate risk assessment and implementation Performing a climate risk assessment for the city, creating an updated Urban Forestry Master Plan, and completing green infrastructure improvements $1.54 M
Lead line replacement Assisting homeowners in replacing certain service pipes that connect to homes $4 M
Stormwater Addressing stormwater drainage issues communities prone to flooding $13.5 M
Health homes (weatherization, home rehabilitation) Ensuring residents' homes are safe, healthy and environmentally sound, improving quality of life, reducing carbon footprints, and facilitating aging in place $4.23 M

 

Building Back Safer - $8.5 M

Item Description Amount
Gun violence prevention Providing programming and implementing research to prevent gun violence $1.5 M
First responder hazard pay Bonuses to first responders, including police officers, firefighters, 911 operators and the Richmond Ambulance Authority $5 M
Enhanced street lighting and cameras Improving lighting and install cameras on residential streets and business areas $2 M

 

First Round Public Engagement Results

From July 27 to August 9, 2021, the City of Richmond asked residents how the pandemic impacted them and what they prioritize as the city recovers. 

Using a digital survey as the main way to collect data, the city reached residents through a variety of channels, including working with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Ambassadors to complete in-person surveys. 

We've compiled and analyzed the results of this engagement. You can view them in PDF or in video presentation format, depending on how you prefer to learn. 

For readers, view the presentation here.

For listeners, watch this video.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find some helpful background information on the American Rescue Plan Act and how it affects our city. Don't see your question answered? Let us know! Email publicinfo@rva.gov.

The American Rescue Plan, or ARP, is an act of the United States Congress that grants recovery funds to many entities. This can include direct support, such as the Advanced Child Tax Credit, or payments to local and state governments to empower economic recovery. 

You can learn more about the direct support in the American Rescue Plan here. Learn about the economic relief to localities and states here. 

The City of Richmond will receive two $77 million payments from the federal government, a year apart, totaling $154 million. 

It enables localities and states around the country to jump-start an equitable and healthy recovery through four main avenues: 

  • Responding to the negative public health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Providing premium pay to essential workers;
  • Investing in water, sewer or broadband (internet) infrastructure; and
  • Making up for revenue the city lost during the pandemic.

These are the boundaries the City of Richmond must operate within when deciding how to spend federal funds. They money can be spent through 2026.

Richmond Public Schools have received their own large amount of money from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. It's up to the Richmond School Board to choose how best to spend that money on RPS students. 

Making Richmond the best place for children to grow up and achieve their full potential will require investments both inside and outside of the classroom, which is why Children and Families is a core priority area the city is considering in the first stage of engagement. 

The City of Richmond wants to spend the money in a way that will most benefit the entire community in the wake of a life-changing pandemic. The city will rely on a number of values- and research-based documents, such as the Equity Agenda and Richmond 300 Master Plan, to guide the spending, in addition significant community input. 

The first stage of community engagement was active July 27 to August 9. The survey asked residents to priorities four potential spending areas and programming within those spending areas. 

Feedback from the first stage of community engagement will help the city create its draft spending plan. 

Over the course of July 27 to August 9, the City of Richmond asked residents, "How would you spend $77 million on your city?"

The survey was available in Spanish and promoted to Spanish-speaking Richmonders through a collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

We are aware some residents may not come across the opportunity through the news, social media or word of mouth. For those individuals, we worked with local businesses and gathering spots to post flyers with QR codes. Additionally, the city's Community Ambassadors worked closely with public housing residents to encourage participation. 

The first stage of engagement ended August 9. Public feedback will be analyzed, made public and incorporated into the draft spending plan. Additional engagement opportunities will be posted on this page.