Jessica Signar Andrews / Today @ 1:36pm / Community, Local Government
Del Norte launches grant program using $200,000 in ARPA funds; Application period opened on Monday
One year after Del Norte County received $5.4 million in U.S. Bailout Act dollars, elected officials and staff plan to use a portion of that money to help local nonprofit agencies serve the community.
The Board of Supervisors voted last month to create a nonprofit community grant pilot program using $200,000 in ARPA funds, and the application period opened Monday, county administrative officer Randy Hooper told the Wild Rivers focus. He said local 501 c3 nonprofits have until December 30 to apply for a minimum of $20,000.
“Depending on how many (applications) we get, it will be a question of whether or not they can all get funding,” Huber said. “Hopefully we can fund as many as possible.”
Hooper said the grants are open to any organization that provides services within Del Norte County. He acknowledged that some organizations have programs serving Cary and Humboldt counties as well as Del Norte, but noted that these communities have their own share of ARPA money to offer.
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According to a task force report released by the Board of Supervisors on September 19, employees recommended an electronic application process to submit a record in the order in which they were received. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant will provide basic information about their project as well as the budget.
Once the application period closes, the county administrative department will review applications to determine if they qualify for funding, Huber said.
The applications will then be added to the projects waiting list and submitted to the Del Norte County Grants Committee, one of several technical advisory committees involving county supervisors, Huber said. He said that the committee will then submit its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the programs to be funded.
“Because this is a beta program, we’re hoping to see what parameters will move forward,” Huber said.
The US bailout bill was approved by Congress in 2021 and provided $350 billion nationwide for state and local coronavirus financial recovery funds. Del Norte County received $5.4 million.
According to Huber, because the US Treasury “federally eliminated” the funds, local jurisdictions were able to consider it a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hooper said that when Greg Burns, the county’s federal attorney, gave a presentation last year about how the county would use those dollars, some local groups applied for help.
In addition to allocating $200,000 for the grant program, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors has allocated approximately $700,000 to $800,000 in ARPA funds for medical services at the county jail and juvenile hall, Huber said.
There is also earmarked funding for the sewage system outside Crescent City, as well as for COVID programs through the Public Health Branch, he said.