BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Benton County Quorum Court plans to approve a total of $5.87 million for nonprofit organizations after the June 30 meeting.

On May 17, 12 nonprofits requested $4.295 million of the American Rescue Plan funds. In total, 22 local nonprofits will receive funding:

Gravette Lions Club – $1,300

Friends of the Gravette Public Library – $2,400

Pedal It Forward – $11,800

Benton County Fair Association Inc. – $25,000

Cave Springs Fire Department – $39,190

Hope Cancer Resources – $43,802

Sunshine School & Development Center – $47,000

Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter – $54,600

UA Extension Office Benton County – $79,500

Souls Harbor NWA – $100,000

Restoration Village – $110,000

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County – $130,000

Illinois River Watershed Partnership – $134,650

Northwest Arkansas Industries for Education Inc. – $145,442

The Salvation Army – Northwest Arkansas Area Command – $174,815

Returning Home – $175,200

Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County – $300,000

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank – $500,000

Micah 6:8 Foundation – $595,000

Samaritan House Community Center – $667,974

Benton County Fire Departments – $834,744

Excellerate Foundation – $1,702,074

In total, Benton County Quorum Court has spent $45.5 million of the $54 million from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan.

ARP funds were also set aside to pay employees premium pay, COVID-19 mitigation efforts, healthcare and potential Criminal Justice Facility improvements.

Approved non-profit applicants will sign agreements with Benton County, submit reporting documentation,
and submit expenditure details for any funds awarded. All awarded money must be encumbered by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026.

Any funds not used by the organizations will need to be returned to Benton County.