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Deadline to apply for county ARPA grants is Aug. 31

In this July 2022 file photo, county commissioners John Trescot, Ray D’Agostino and Josh Parsons speak at an event celebrating the grant of nearly $3.5 million in ARPA funds for clean water projects. The commissioners are now considering a second round of community ARPA grants. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

Community organizations and municipalities have a little over a week left to submit applications for Lancaster’s second round of American Rescue Plan Act community grants.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 31. For a request form, click here.

The county commissioners agreed in June to roughly $6 million available for a second and presumably final round of ARPA third-party grants. According to the application guidelines, the money is to serve as “last-in” funding for long-term investments that address core county needs, including infrastructure, clean water, technology modernization and affordable housing.

Applications will be reviewed for compliance with federal and county guidance by a county committee, which may bring in other county agencies to offer guidance, such as the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority.

To date, the county has received 21 ARPA applications from 19 organizations, spokesman Michael Fitzpatrick said.

The first round of ARPA community grants yielded more than $22 million allocated to 41 entities, including municipalities, municipal authorities and nonprofits. Overall, as of mid-August, the county has allocated $76.3 million of its $106 million in ARPA money, leaving $29.7 million remaining. (Allocations are pending of $134,663 for county IT and $500,000 for the Spanish American Civic Association’s Tec Centro West training center.)

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct Michael Fitzpatrick’s name.)