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The Decatur County Council has partnered with the Decatur County Community Foundation to administer funding given to our county by the federal government. The purpose of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is to deliver direct relief to Americans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Council has budgeted a total of $550,000 for grants. These funds will be distributed among nonprofit organizations, volunteer fire departments, and small businesses in Decatur County. Any organization in one of these three categories that has experienced financial hardship in the past 18 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic is welcome to apply.
Interested parties may apply between August 23 and September 13. Funding decisions will be made later this year by a four-person committee, including Councilwoman Deanna Burkart, Councilman Kenny Hooten, Councilwoman Melanie Nobbe, and County Commissioner Chuck Emsweller. Once awarded funding, recipients will sign a grant agreement and be expected to provide sufficient proof that the funds were used as intended.
The Community Foundation is working closely with the Council to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. All grant applications and follow-up assignments will be handled by the Community Foundation.
Deanna Burkart is the Council’s primary point of contact concerning the distribution of ARPA funds. For grant application-related questions, please contact Alex Sefton at the Community Foundation at 812.662.6364.
ARPA Grantwriting Workshops
The Foundation will also be hosting ARPA Grantwriting Workshops for any nonprofit, volunteer fire department, or small business interested in applying. In these workshops, Alex will walk applicants through the online application process. Workshops will be hosted on August 26, September 2, and September 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Foundation office (101 E. Main St., Greensburg).
Frequently asked questions
Does my organization/business qualify?
If you are a nonprofit, volunteer fire department, or small business located in or operating in Decatur County, Indiana, that has experienced a financial loss as a result of Covid-19, you qualify.
What can the funds be used for?
ARPA Grants can cover program or operational costs.
What is the Community Foundation's role in the grant process?
DCCF is overseeing the administration of applications, some promotional efforts, and the collection of appropriate follow-up requirements. The Decatur County Council, in partnership with the Auditor's Office, will handle the allocation of funding and disbursement of funds.
How much can I apply for?
The Decatur County Council opted not to set a maximum grant amount. Instead, they encourage applicants to ask for genuine needs with the expectation that they may not receive all of any of the funding they requested.
Should I come to an ARPA Grant Workshop?
These Workshops are designed primarily for applicants who have never requested funds from DCCF. Existing agency partners have likely already used our online grant system. The Workshop will help new applicants get signed up for the online grant system and get started on an application.
I am coming to an ARPA Grant Workshop. What do I need to bring with me?
All attendees should bring a computer or tablet.