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List Narrowed for Polk Businesses Seeking ARP Funding

Published on Nov 5, 2021

The list of Polk County business organizations seeking a part of the available $10.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding was narrowed to 43 during a workshop this week of the Board of County Commissioners.

The final list, which still must be officially approved by the Board, will fund organizations in the community that provide outreach to the homeless population, food banks, mental health services, elderly services and more.

The Board began accepting applications in September and received nearly 200 funding requests that totaled about $75 million. The organizations were requested to submit informational proposals for projects that would help the community recover from and respond to COVID-19. The businesses applying were required to be located and doing business in Polk and established before Jan. 1, 2021.

Polk County received about $140 million in the overall American Rescue Plan that could be used for various uses. The Board allocated $10.5 million of its funds to be used by local organizations. The remaining funds are slated to be use for infrastructure projects.

Now the task of creating agreements with each of the companies begins. The final approval on the contracts with the companies will come before the Board at a future meeting before the funds are dispersed.