The Fremont County Board of Commissioners officially inaugurated a $500,000 grant program financed by the American Rescue Plan Act on Tuesday, according to a press release.
According to Sunny Bryant, Fremont County Manager, businesses, non-profit organizations, and schools that have suffered revenue losses or incurred expenses as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for the funding.
“When we received the funding, we held an online poll to solicit public input on how these funds may be used to the greatest benefit of our community,” she explained. “A lot of the poll replies highlighted the hardship that has been inflicted on corporations, nonprofits, and other groups, both in terms of revenue loss and in terms of expense burden.”
According to an announcement made in October, Fremont County would receive $9.3 million in ARPA monies. The board was looking for suggestions from the community on how the funds could be allocated to various community initiatives.
Applications for this grant program will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The deadline for submission of applications is currently set for the end of February. Those who responded to the previous survey are still required to complete a grant application. Those who have already received CARES Act aid are still eligible to apply if the need is for anything else that hasn’t been addressed.
We may explore filing another grant application if there are still funds available, according to Bryant. “If you are a business or group that believes it can benefit from this, I strongly suggest you to review the materials and submit your information as soon as possible.”
Commissioner Debbie Bell stated that this is not a competitive grant process and that people will either qualify or not qualify for the grants.
The fact that the funds coming from the federal government should not be overlooked, as they will be diverted elsewhere if they are not used as intended, as Commissioner Dwayne McFall has stated.
According to Bell, “It is our sincere goal that we will be able to assist all of the struggling companies in Fremont County who are in critical need of support right now.” “It makes no difference whether you are inside or outside of the city limits. If you and your family are entirely from Fremont County, please submit an application.”
More information and applications will be available soon on the county’s website at www.fremontco.com, and physical copies will be available soon at the Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Ave., in the Fremont neighborhood.
In other business, the board passed a resolution permitting the establishment of precinct boundaries and numbers in Fremont County. According to Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Justin Grantham, as a result of the redistricting, the county will be relocated from Congressional District 5 to Congressional District 7. Fremont County will also be moved from State Senate District 2 to State Senate District 4, as will the rest of the county.
The county has been divided between House District 60 and House District 47 for the past ten years; now, Fremont County will be wholly under the jurisdiction of House District 60, according to the county administrator.
Commissary districts will be redistricted in the year 2023, according to the state constitution.