Del Norte launches grant program using $200,000 in ARPA money; Application period open Monday | Wild Rivers Outpost
Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Today at 1:36 p.m. / Community, Local Government
Del Norte launches grant program using $200,000 in ARPA money; Application period open on Monday
A year after Del Norte County received $5.4 million in dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act, elected officials and staff plan to use some of that money to help local nonprofits. to serve the community.
Last month, the Board of Overseers voted to create a nonprofit community grants pilot program using $200,000 of ARPA funds, and the application period began on Monday, said Randy Hooper, agent. deputy county administrator. Wild Rivers Outpost. Local 501 c3 nonprofits have until Dec. 30 to apply for a minimum of up to $20,000, he said.
“Depending on how many (applications) we get, it’s going to be whether they can all be funded or not,” Hooper said. “Our hope is that we can fund as many as possible.”
The grants are open to any organization providing services in Del Norte County, Hooper said. He acknowledged that some organizations have programs that serve Curry and Humboldt counties in addition to Del Norte, but he pointed out that those communities have their own share of ARPA funds to provide.
Nonprofits will find a grant application through Google Forms.
According to the September 19 Supervisory Board staff report, staff recommended an electronic application process to provide a record of 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 a budget.
After the application period ends, the county administration department will review submissions to determine if they are eligible for funding, Hooper said.
Applications will then be added to a project queue and submitted to the Del Norte County Grants Committee, one of several technical advisory committees attended by county supervisors, Hooper said. The committee will then make recommendations to the oversight board on funded programs, he said.
“This is a pilot program, we hope to know what the parameters will be going forward,” Hooper said.
The American Rescue Plan Act was approved by Congress in 2021 and provided $350 billion nationwide for state and local coronavirus fiscal stimulus funds. Del Norte County received $5.4 million.
According to Hooper, because the U.S. Treasury Department “defederalized” the money, local jurisdictions were able to consider it a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Greg Burns, the county’s federal attorney, made a presentation last year about how the county could use those dollars, a few local groups submitted requests for help, Hooper said.
In addition to setting aside the $200,000 for the grant program, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors allocated approximately $700,000 to $800,000 in ARPA funds for medical services at the county jail and the juvenile hall, Hooper said.
There were also funds set aside for the sewer system outside of Crescent City, he said, as well as COVID programs through the Public Health Branch.