TOGETHER,
PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE

The Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) partners with policy thinkers and doers to amplify their efforts and bridge gaps in policy infrastructure. We act as a connector, convener, and policy entrepreneur across issues and states, translating good ideas to the Southern context. Our goal is to advance policies that improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice for all Southerners.

TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE THE SOUTH'S DEEPEST CHALLENGES

Highest Rates

of infant mortality are concentrated in the Southern states.

Source: CDC 2019

68% Southerners

live in a county that has experienced one climate disaster since March 2020.

Source: Pandemic to Prosperity Oct. 2021

60% of Two Million

Americans in the coverage gap are people of color, and most live in the South.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Jan. 2021

8 of the 10

states with the highest poverty rates are in the South.

Source: Talk Poverty 2020

F E A T U R E D   P R O J E C T

THE ARP TOOLKIT

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides $130 billion in federal funding directly to local governments. This unprecedented level of aid will help communities across the US shape their recovery from the COVID-19 recession. Local leaders should view the arrival of ARP funds as a critical opportunity to make investments that both encourage recovery and accelerate progress towards long-term goals.

In the Southeast, the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 exacerbated structural inequalities. Our region’s local governments should direct their ARP funds towards strategic and sustainable recovery initiatives that benefit all community members. Our goal is to advance policies that improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice for all Southerners.

THE BLACK
FARMERS GUIDE

In 2020, the SEAP partnered with the Black Belt Justice Center, a fiscal sponsor for the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund, to launch narratives and advocacy works to bring justice for Black farmers.