Benton County launches American Rescue Plan website for funding applications

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/FOX24) — The Benton County American Rescue Plan Committee has launched a website for organizations to apply for funding.

The county is getting $54 million in ARP funding over the next two years. The committee wants to put towards things like public health and economic recovery, county employees, criminal justice, county facilities and infrastructure.

Organizations should apply on the website to show that their activities support the public health response, or that they’ve been economically hurt by the pandemic.

“Organizations can go and fill out that application that asks questions like how was your organization impacted by COVID? What would you propose to do with ARP funds? How many people would be impacted, affected and helped?” said Benton County Judge Barry Moehring.

He said the first round of applications should be submitted by the end of October, and then the ARP Committee will meet to go over them. As the county gets its second wave of the full $54 million, there will be a second round of applications.

The county’s ARP committee is holding two more public meetings, one on Thursday about criminal justice, and one next Tuesday on infrastructure. Both meetings are at 6pm.

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