Richland County taking additional steps to evaluate ARPA funding applicants

Richland County is taking additional steps to equitably distribute $16 million following an uptick in demand for a program that gives relief to businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)—Richland County is taking additional steps to equitably distribute $16 million following an uptick in demand for a program that gives relief to businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic.

County officials say they aim for all ARPA relief applications to receive the appropriate consideration.

When the application period closed in October, the County had received 427 applications for funds allocated through The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The requests totaled more than $107 million.

In a release, District 7 Councilwoman Gretchen Barron says, “Because we had such a successful application period with many important projects brought to our attention, the County’s Coronavirus Ad Hoc Committee made the decision to slow things down to maintain integrity in the funding process.”

Third party vendor Guidehouse was hired by the County to score applications based on U.S. Treasury requirements. All businesses and nonprofits that scored 15 out of 25 on a risk assessment of U.S. Treasury compliance measures will now be evaluated by the County’s scoring rubric and will be considered for funding by category.

Categories and total funding amounts available for each include:

  • Small businesses – $1 million
  • Nonprofits – $1 million
  • Workforce training – $1 million
  • Education assistance – $1 million
  • Home repairs for seniors – $1 million
  • Youth and recreational services – $1 million
  • Addressing food insecurity – $2 million
  • Broadband services in underserved areas – $2 million
  • Services for unhoused people – $2 million
  • Affordable housing – $4 million

Applicants can follow County Council meeting agendas to find out when funds will be awarded. All applicants will be notified of their status once the process is complete.

Learn more about ARPA on Richland County’s website: www.richlandonline.com/arpafunding.

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