The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded the second round of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act dollars it received from the federal government.
The funds are meant to speed up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board of Supervisors had $13 million to award in Round 2, with funding requests exceeding $75 million from over one hundred applicants.
The funding will help with affordable housing, social services, public health, capital investments and negative economic impacts from COVID-19, along with water and sewer infrastructure projects.
Some of the recipients include the City of Alburnett to repurpose the former fire station into City Hall, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office for COVID-19 mitigation cell blocks, the Linn County Treasurer for protective glass, Linn County Public Health for a mobile clinic and the City of Springville for sanitary sewer extension.
Local jurisdictions like Linn County are not required to distribute ARPA funding to other entities. Linn County has chosen to make ARPA funding available to other local jurisdictions and nonprofits through a competitive application process.