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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County Assistance Programs

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Rental Assistance Programs

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Funding Allocation

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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

*A cultural facility is a building which shall be used for the programming, production, presentation, exhibition of any of the arts and cultural disciplines. These disciplines include music, dance, theatre, creative writing, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts, visual arts, and programs of museums.

**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

To apply for the Martin County Community Partner Relief Program:

  1. Select this link to go to our online portal.
  2. Create an account (sign up).
  3. Complete the online application.

Program will last as long as funding is available.

Tools for Assistance:

ALL GRANT RECIPIENTS MUST:

Track and report on how their proposed project will serve one or more of the below 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 Eligibility Map

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

Rental Assistance 

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has allowed Martin County to set aside funds for emergency rental assistance for qualified Martin County residents. Funds may be used for up to four (4) months of past rent and/or two (2) months of future rent for households that meet certain income qualifications and are experiencing a financial hardship during or because of the COVID-19 pandemic. View Eligibility Requirements

How to Apply:

Email FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us or call Martin County Human Services Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (772) 288-5785 to set up your pre-screen. Assistance is contingent on funding availability, as funding is limited

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