ARPA Fund Request
The deadline for submissions is April 28th. The process will be paused as the County goes through their budgeting process.
Blaine County will not be accepting requests during May and June due to time and staff demands during the County's budget period. Please check back in July for an announcement on when we will be accepting ARPA fund requests.
ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Fund Request
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law, establishing the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Combined, these make up the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds “SLFRF,” oftentimes referred to in short as the “ARPA” funds. This program is intended to provide support to State, territorial, local and Tribal governments in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain impacts on their communities, residents, and businesses.
Blaine County expects to receive nearly $4.5 million in SLFRF funding dispersed between 2021 and 2022, which must be spent by 2026. In an effort to process ARPA – SLFRF funding requests, the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners have created this process for parties to submit their requests for funding from Blaine County.
Requests must be received by August 25, 2022 to be considered.
How to Apply
Please submit your ARPA – SLFRF Funding Request by completing the below form, indicating which eligible category best describes your project. You must attach a clear project description (500 words or less) and draft project budget (1 page max).
Your request will be reviewed initially by the County Administrator and County Clerk, who may request additional information. If the project is deemed eligible, the project will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners during a regular meeting. At that time, the Board may direct staff to prepare a contract with the applicant. Any contract will be scheduled for a vote during a subsequent regular meeting.
Requests are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Please Note: Your submission of this form does not guarantee funding approval. Funding is approved only by an affirmative vote of the Blaine County Board of Commissioners during a regular public meeting. Please review carefully the guidance provided by the US Department of Treasury and other official sources (found in Helpful Links) in order to determine project eligibility. Blaine County staff are unable to provide assistance in developing project proposals.
Application Review Timeline:
- Requests will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
- Requests must be submitted to Blaine County by the last Thursday of each month to be considered with that month's requests.
- Requests from the previous month will be reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners in a Special Meeting to be held on the 2nd Monday of each month. (i.e. requests received by March 31st will be reviewed on April 11th.)
- Requesting parties will be notified of the status of their request and the date and time of the Special Meeting when their request will be considered by the Board.