ARP Community Grants

Request for Applications

American Rescue Plan Community Grants

An information session on this grant opportunity was held Monday May 23 at noon PDT.
Click here to view the information session recording
Click here to view the information session Powerpoint Presentation

Lane County will receive applications for American Rescue Plan Community Grants until 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday July 6, 2022. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected]

How to Apply. Review and download the full Request for Applications Packet documents (3 documents) listed below:

Full Request for Applications Packet
Attachment A: Application Narrative Word Template
Attachment B: Budget Template

Frequently Asked Questions. A list of received questions and answers is downloadable below. Submit questions to [email protected]. Applicants are responsible for checking this webpage for updated responses to questions. 

FAQ June 24 2022

Eligibility
. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, and public agencies who were not eligible for direct American Rescue Plan allocations from the Department of Treasury, are eligible to apply. Applicants must offer their services to all residents of Lane County, regardless of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Awards. Lane County will award $3 million in grants. The minimum award is $10,000 and maximum award is $500,000. Limit one award per organization.

All awarded funds must expended no later than 6/30/2024.

Purpose. In March 2022, the Lane County Board of Commissioners approved up to $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for community grants. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to: 

Assist nonprofit entities to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its negative economic impacts
Assist nonprofit entities to provide services to individual members of the community who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those individuals who were disproportionally impacted
Leverage existing public and private partnerships
Provide gap or “last mile” funding for projects that already have significant community investment

Program Focus Areas. Program Focus Areas include: 

Affordable housing
Mental health services, including for youth ages 24 and under
Projects that serve rural Lane County residents (outside Eugene/Springfield)
Services for disproportionately impacted communities
Innovative programs

Equity. Lane County is prioritizing communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency for ARPA-funded investments. Applications eligible for ARPA funding will be evaluated using different criteria, one of which is equity. Applications must successfully demonstrate that the organization and project have significant commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and promote equitable outcomes through an equity lens or similar critical analysis.

Timeline and Process. This Request for Applications was issued on Monday May 16, 2022. An information session for interested parties will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams on Monday May 23, 2022 at 12:00 noon. View the recording of this info session here. 

Electronic submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 to [email protected]. The Lane County Board of Commissioners will review Scoring Committee recommendations for funding at their meeting on Tuesday August 9, 2022. Anticipated project start date is Thursday, September 1, 2022. 

Eligible Costs. Eligible uses of funds are governed by the Department of Treasury Final Rule and include but are not limited to:
Public health expenditures that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and increased demand for services due to the pandemic.
Expenditures that address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, nonprofits, and other impacted industries.
Services that address the disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the crisis on the hardest-hit communities, populations, and households. 

Ineligible Costs. Ineligible uses of funds are governed by the Department of Treasury Final Rule. Funds cannot be used to supplant other revenue sources. Ineligible costs include but are not limited to:
Projects that bear no relation or are grossly disproportionate to the type or extent of harm experienced due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Contributions to rainy day funds, financial reserves, or similar funds.
Payment of interest or principal on outstanding debt instruments.