$ 1.5 million upfront in Okaloosa County for COVID-19 relief
$ 1.5 million upfront in Okaloosa County for COVID-19 relief

$ 1.5 million upfront in Okaloosa County for COVID-19 relief

SHALIMAR, Fla. (WKRG) – Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners approved $ 1.5 million in emergency aid from the U.S. Rescue Planning Act.

The money is available to non-profit organizations affected by the pandemic and the COVID-19 protocols.

Applications for the funds began Thursday, March 17th. The application deadline is May 2, 2022.

“Many nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa County have continued to serve our community despite the long-standing challenges introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners chairman Mel Ponder. “We are pleased to be able to offer some relief.”

REPORT ON ARPA FINANCING:

  • Open to 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (19) non-profit organizations incorporated under the State of Florida
  • Must have been in operation for at least a full year per. March 1, 2022
  • Only one application per agency will be considered and applicants will have to choose between the ARPA category “Capital Expenditure” or the ARPA “Non-Capital Expenditure” category
  • Non-profit organizations can only request funding to respond to the public health emergency with regard to COVID-19 or to address its negative economic consequences
  • Grants may be eligible for programs, services, capital expenditures or to alleviate financial difficulties experienced by the non-profit organization directly as a result of COVID-19

In addition to the ARPA money, BCC accepts non-profit applications to receive money from the annual funding.

The BCC said annual funds are for “non-profit organizations that help the county carry out its vision of providing economic opportunities and expertise in critical services to improve the quality of life for all residents.”

REPORT ON BCC FINANCING:

  • Open to 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations incorporated under the State of Florida
  • Must have been in operation for two (2) consecutive years no later than 31 December of the year before the application deadline
  • Only one application per agency will be processed each year
  • Grants are for program and operating expenses

To apply for one or both of these funding options, Click here.

The county is hosting a webinar on eligibility and funding opportunities on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at. 9.00. You can learn more about the webinar here.

Read the full release from BCC below:

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