Nonprofits seem to be the big winners of the ARP allocations offered by the city

Greensboro City Council began discussing how it would spend $59.4 million in US bailout money in April 2021 and that discussion is ongoing.

In April 2021, when the city council began the discussion, there appeared to be support for spending federal largesse on a “transformation project.”

At this meeting, several council members said they would rather fund a major project and not spend the money in spades.

However, from the business session presentation on Thursday, August 11, it appears that plans have changed and much of the $59.4 million will be allocated to non-profit organizations and spent on city ​​maintenance projects like replacing roofs, which no one would consider transformational.

The presentation lists 16 proposed allocations to nonprofits and four proposed city maintenance projects.

Proposed allocations to nonprofits are: $1.5 million for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro Inc.; $800,000 for Guilford County Community Housing Solutions; $1 million for the Greensboro Innovation District; $56,000 for Sanctuary House; $460,000 for Reading Connections Inc.; $1 million for the Greensboro YMCA; $50,000 for the Black Suit Initiative; $53,000 for Level Up Parenting; $73,000 for the WD Mohammed Islamic Center; $139,000 for Guilford Child Development; $50,000 for I Am Queen; $133,000 for Positive Direction for Youth & Families Inc.; $100,000 for the interactive resource center; $150,000 for the launch of Greensboro/Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; $165,000 for Gérard’s green garden; and $25,000 for Glenwood Together/In Faith.

Proposed municipal facility maintenance projects include: $1.2 million for a new roof for the central library; $375,000 for a new central library heating and cooling system; $3.5 million for a new roof and maintenance repairs for the Greensboro Cultural Center; and $1.1 million for Parks and Recreation for the improvement of aquatic centers.

ARP money must be allocated by December 2024 and what is not spent by December 2026 must be returned to the federal government.

James V. Hayes