ARPA funds application open for nonprofits, local entities

Lake County has been approved for $2.3 million

ARPA funds totaling $2.3 million have been awarded to Lake County. The Lake County Board of Commissioners and an ARPA Committee will review applications from nonprofits and county entities to determine how these funds are distributed,with the application window open until June 30.

ARPA funds totaling $2.3 million have been awarded to Lake County. The Lake County Board of Commissioners and an ARPA Committee will review applications from nonprofits and county entities to determine how these funds are distributed,with the application window open until June 30.

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LAKE COUNTY — Local nonprofits and entities in Lake County may be eligible to receive ARPA (The American Rescue Plan Act) funds for projects that will impact and benefit the county.  

Lake County has been approved for $2.3 million in federal ARPA funds. ARPA, signed into law last year, established the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which combined, make up the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) program, to provide funding support to state, territorial, local and tribal governments in response to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19.

Each of the county’s townships and villages received their own rewards through the program, based on population.

The Lake County Board of Commissioners appointed an ARPA Committee to prioritize the needs in the county that could be addressed the best with the $2.3 million, and create an application and award process for county entities to access and receive funds to meet those prioritized needs. 

The required application is available online at www.lakecounty-michigan.com. The deadline to apply for funding is June 30, 2022. 

The committee will review all applications received and make funding recommendations to the Lake County Board of Commissioners. The ARPA Committee, and commissioners, collaborating together, may support eligible proposals. 

“We know there are community projects out there that have been waiting for adequate funding in order to make needed impact,” said ARPA Committee Chair and County Commissioner Chair Howard Lodholtz. “This is a unique opportunity to use some other funds to help those projects come to fruition. Nonprofits and local entities with projects that address critical needs county-wide are encouraged to apply.”

Entities interested in applying for use of the $2.3 million ARPA funding must:

  • Be a Lake County municipality, library, authority, road commission or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
  • Provide services in Lake County
  • Provide report of funding if approved

Because townships and villages received their own awards, local municipalities, libraries and authorities requesting funds must supply at least a 50 percent match on the project. Road commission requests for road or bridge projects will be required to provide and equal match from the road commission and each local unit of government for every ARPA grant dollar awarded toward their project.