OVERVIEW

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. Within the package, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund contains approximately $350 billion in federal assistance for states, territories, tribes, counties and municipalities. $65.1 billion is allocated for direct funding to all counties.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund includes direct federal aid to all counties, a broad range of use of the recovery funds, the allowance for lost revenues in the most recent full fiscal year on the local level and a deadline of December 31, 2024 to expend funds.

Martin County's allocation of funds is $31 million. A partial disbursement of $15 million has been received by the county.

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Funding Allocation

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Community Assistance Program

Assistance Offered:

Martin County is seeking creative and innovative program proposals that are geared toward mitigating the negative social and economic impacts of COVID-19 experienced by Martin County residents in communities most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The maximum award is $500,000 per program, subject to funding availability.

Eligibility:

  • 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Community Partners
  • 501(c)(6) Organizations
  • Nonprofit Veteran’s Organizations
  • 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Cultural Facilities
  • 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Medical Services Providers

Examples of Eligible Program Activities:

  • Assistance, including job training, for individuals who want and are available for work, including those who have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months or who are employed part-time but who want and are available for full-time work.
  • Assistance for efforts to accelerate rehiring and address barriers to employment including childcare, transportation and back-to-work incentives.
  • Assistance that addresses health disparities and social determinants of health.
  • Assistance that addresses educational disparities exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Assistance that addresses mental health exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Must deliver evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • Assistance, including programs with supportive housing and services, for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Eligible Populations:

Martin County will place further priority on proposals that specifically target populations in the following categories:

  • Low-income communities designated by HUD (LMI).
  • Families and individuals living in Qualified Census Tracts (QCT)*.
  • Families and individuals living in Martin County Identified Areas of Qualified Disadvantage (MCIA).
  • A program or service for which eligibility criteria are such that the primary intended beneficiaries earn less than 60 percent (60%) of the median income of Martin County.
HUD INCOME LIMITS
Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual Income $30,060 $34,320 $38,640 $42,900 $46,380 $49,800 $53,220 $56,640
  • A program or service for which the eligibility criteria are such that over 25 percent (25%) of intended beneficiaries are below the federal poverty line.

FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL
Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual Income $12,880 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660

 

ALL GRANT RECIPIENTS MUST: 

Track and report on how their proposed project will serve one or more of the above listed communities. The county has created a map to assist proposers in determining if their clientele is located in a LMI, QCT or MCIA:
 

View the LMI Map

To apply for the Community Assistance Program:

  1. Select "Apply for Community Assistance Program" to go to our online portal.
  2. Create an account (sign up).
  3. Complete the online application.

All applications for the Community Assistance Program are due by Dec. 3, 2021. 
Funding will be distributed by Jan. 31, 2022.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact arpa@unitedwaymartin.org.

Community Partner Relief

Assistance Offered: 

The intent of this grant program is to respond to the negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as costs incurred for salaries and payroll, spoiled inventories, rent and mortgage payments and other operational costs related to COVID-19. The maximum award is $50,000, subject to funding availability.

Eligible Applicants:

TYPE OF NONPROFIT MAXIMUM AWARD*
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Community Partners $20,000
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Cultural Facilities $50,000
501 (c)(3)Nonprofit Medical Services Providers $50,000
*All awards subject to funding availability

 

Eligibility:

Organizations are eligible to apply for a one-time relief grant if the organization:

  • Has been operating since October 1, 2019 and is still operating as of date of application.
  • Is located in and serving Martin County.
  • Is a Florida Not for Profit Corporation.
  • Is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization excluding churches, foundations and political organizations.
  • Has filed IRS Form 990 Return for 2020 or 2019.
  • Has payroll forms submitted to the IRS for 2021 (if applying for reimbursement of salaries/payroll).
  • Has not received COVID-19 relief funds in the form of a grant or forgivable loan exceeding $500,000. 

Eligible Expenditures for Grant Award:

(Costs incurred through month of application will be considered for reimbursement.  Please note that revenue loss due to COVID-19 is an ineligible expense.)

  • Salaries/payroll
  • Commercial lease, mortgage or rent payments
  • Utilities
  • Unbudgeted programming and operational costs or enhancements related to COVID-19
  • Other expenses due to new COVID- 19 safety provisions

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Rental & Utilities Assistance 

OUR Florida Program:

Emergency rental and utilities assistance is being facilitated through the OUR (Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance) Florida Program. OUR Florida is Florida’s federally-funded relief program to support residents and businesses as they continue to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

OUR Florida provides renters who qualify with relief on unpaid rent and utility bills, and supports landlords and utilities with relief on lost revenue to support their continued recovery.

The program focuses on low-income renters whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), which varies by county. The program will prioritize renters with income at or below 50% AMI and/or families who have experienced unemployment within the past 90 days. 

View Program FAQs & Eligibility

Instructions:

To apply for emergency rental and/or utilities assistance through the Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance Florida (OUR) Program, and to begin the application process:

VISIT OURFLORIDA.COM

Mortgage Assistance

Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program:

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has been designated to manage and operate the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) on behalf of the state of Florida. 

The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is designed to mitigate financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing homeowners’ mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities, home energy services, and displacement.

Financial assistance will be provided based on the needs of homeowners in Florida and determined upon the United States Department of the Treasury's (U.S. Treasury) approval of the plan. 

Instructions:

For Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program information, eligibility and to apply:

VISIT FLORIDAJOBS.ORG

ARPA Funding Allocation