Okaloosa County Offers $1.5 Million to Nonprofits Through ARPA Funding

CRESTVIEW, Fla., March 26, 2022—Eligible Okaloosa County nonprofit organizations could receive funds through two funding opportunities.

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners has approved $1.5 million in state and local fiscal recovery funds to address the lingering negative economic impacts of COVID-19.

In acknowledgment of the significant challenges nonprofits have faced, and in recognition of the critical services they provide, the county will accept ARPA funding applications from eligible nonprofit organizations between now and May 2.

“Many Okaloosa County nonprofit organizations have continued to serve our community, despite the long-lasting challenges introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mel Ponder. “We are pleased to offer some relief.”

This funding relief is open to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) nonprofit organizations incorporated under the State of Florida that have been in operation for one full year as of March 1, 2022.

In addition to accepting applications for consideration of ARPA funding, the county also opened its annual funding opportunity to nonprofit organizations that assist the county in carrying out its vision of providing economic opportunity and excellence in critical services to enhance the quality of life for all residents.

This funding opportunity is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits incorporated under the State of Florida that have been in operation for two consecutive years by Dec. 31 of the previous year’s application deadline.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for either funding opportunity may visit the county website to learn more about eligibility and to download an application.

Applications for both funding opportunities will be accepted through May 2 at 5 pm. Eligible applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar scheduled for Thursday at 9 am.

For more information on ARPA, the county’s application process or to register for the upcoming webinar, visit myokaloosa.com/nonprofitfunding.

Staff and Okaloosa County news release

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