Clay County hosted an ARPA Grant Challenge in 2022 after receiving $24,274,734.50 in funding. This was part of the American Rescue Plan Act as authorized with Resolution 2021-121. This figure represents half of what the County can expect to eventually receive, 0r $48,549,469.00. The County Commission preliminarily allocated funds evenly among main categories of eligible uses, subject to need.
Some of the criteria listed for ARPA Grant Funding included:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID–19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers
- For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
In the fall, after applying for the grant, the Foundation received notice that our request was approved for over $65,000 to pay for our Patient Assistance Program. This pays for an entire Fiscal Year of programming granted by the Clay County Commission. This funding opens up our budget to aid our programs such as TreeHouse Hospitality House, Hughes Family Assistance, Kyleigh’s Gift and more!
The Foundation is grateful to continue to serve the community with these funds.
To read more about ARPA grants, please visit: https://www.claycountymo.gov/transparency/american-rescue-plan-act