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.
LATEST RESEARCH & FEATURED PROJECTS
NEW DATA: Tracking American Rescue Plan Spending
Early in 2022, SEAP made the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Spending Tracker to help local leaders and community members understand how State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) are being allocated across the South. Our team is excited to provide tracker updates (February 2023) to include more data and user-friendly features.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), formally named the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, made historic levels of funding available for investments in transportation, climate mitigation and resilience, environmental protection, and broadband access. To accompany the comprehensive guidebook and data released by the White House, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to identifying funding for initiatives that work synergistically to lower carbon emissions, build resiliency, and prioritize equity.ACCESS REPORT HERE
FEDERAL FUNDING REPORT
Gathering insight from more than 50 stakeholders, SEAP released its report, Engagement & Equity First: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Funding Implementation, which aims to identify innovations and challenges among local governments and nonprofit organizations as they implement federal recovery funds. The hope is that identifying these challenges leads to lawmakers inviting more community voices to the table for spending decisions and more equitable outcomes that will change the landscape of many Southern communities.READ REPORT NOW
THE ARP TOOLKIT
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) directly provides $130 billion in federal funding 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 toward long-term goals. We aim to advance policies that improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice for all Southerners.ACCESS TOOLKIT HERE