American Rescue Plan: How Funders Can Help Leverage Federal Dollars for Local Impact

May 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm America/New York Timezone

The coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic impacts have wrought havoc in communities across the country. Now, communities are poised for an unprecedented infusion of direct and programmatic funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a historically ambitious $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill.

But while this cash infusion is desperately needed, many cities — notably small and mid-sized municipalities — often lack the capacity to access federal dollars, navigate funding requirements, and build projects that create meaningful and equitable impacts.

How can funders help communities access and leverage these critical federal dollars to ensure the best outcomes for people and places?

Join TFN’s Inclusive Economies  at 3 p.m. May 19 for a funder-only webinar, American Rescue Plan: How Funders Can Help Leverage Federal Dollars for Local Impact.

This webinar will highlight the role that funders can play as a support structure for the implementation of ARP funds in local communities. This includes the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund’s $350 billion for states, municipalities, counties, tribes, and territories, according to the National League of Cities, which has developed a scalable structure to empower cities large and small to create local impact through the ARP.

Please join us in a presentation and discussion with:

Jane Alexander

 President & CEO, Community Foundation for Mississippi

Dr. Robert Blaine

Director, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Paula Sammons

Senior Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Scot Spencer

Associate Director, Local Policy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation (moderator)


Register here

Please register for this funder-only webinar by May 17 in order to receive login information.



About TFN’s Inclusive Economies

TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group brings place-based funders and related partners from across the sector together to build working relationships, advancing understanding of practices and policies that lead to inclusive prosperity and taking joint action that drives the field forward. We apply a three-part focus — race, place and prosperity — to economic growth and development. A particular goal is connecting people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities through investment, systems change, and policy reform.For more information, please contact Hazel Paguaga at

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