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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Park County Announces Financial Assistance Programs through ARPA Funds

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Park County, CO – Park County has received $3,660,420 in Local Relief Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) from the U.S. Treasury. American Rescue Plan Act dollars are critical to the county's financial plan for continued economic recovery from COVID-19.

The County plans to use the ARPA funds to rebuild a sustainable economy through investments in housing development and improvements, individuals and families, capital improvements, restoring the public sector and surging resources to local businesses and nonprofits. The investments and assistance in Round 1 address three principal areas:

  1. Vulnerable Populations, Housing Support
  2. Business, Worker and Nonprofit Assistance
  3. Stabilizing County Government Budget 

Park County residents, businesses and nonprofits can check their eligibility at the Park County ARPA website and complete an application online or in-person to receive assistance through the following programs.

Individual and Household Assistance Program (IHAP)

The Individual and Household Assistance Program (IHAP) will provide assistance to residents who continue to face unprecedented, direct and indirect impacts due to COVID-19. IHAP offers two different funding opportunities: Direct Cash Assistance (DCA) and assistance to individuals and households, up to $3,000.

  • Direct Case Assistance (DCA): Through this program, current recipients of specific State and Federal benefit programs will receive an automatic one-time check for $500 that can be used at the discretion of the recipient. There is no application for this direct cash assistance. 
  • IHAP: Individuals can get assistance with housing payments, utilities, transportation repair costs, food assistance, and other cash assistance needs through this program. Eligible Beneficiaries must meet the following criteria: 
  1. Have a household income that is considered low or moderate income.
  2. Can demonstrate a financial need that was caused by impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Complete an application.

Small Business and Nonprofit Assistance Program (SBNAP) 

SBNAP will provide financial assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in Park County in two categories: Negative Economic Impact and Community Project grants.

  • Negative economic impact:Award Ceiling $5,000
    • To help mitigate a financial hardship that the entity experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic (payroll and benefits, costs to retain employees, general operating costs (including mortgage, rent, utility, etc.), and technical assistance and counseling to support business planning.
  • Community projects: Award Ceiling $50,000
    • For projects that address community needs identified or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

To qualify, a Park County business or nonprofit must meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate negative economic impact caused by COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Have a physical location in unincorporated Park County
  3. Operating since at least March 26, 2019 
  4. Be current with Park County real and personal property taxes
  5. Be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing
  6. Complete an application.

Applications can be completed online, picked up in person at your local library and Park County government offices, including Public Health, Human Services, and administration. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until program funds are spent. All applicants must reside (or located) in unincorporated Park County and demonstrate a need linked to COVID-19.

For more information on the ARPA funds and programs, visit our website. Questions? Please call: 719-247-5452 or email: parkcounty@acdisaster.com.

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