County now offering federal stimulus grants to community service groups

County now offering federal stimulus grants to community service groups

Island County began accepting applications Oct. 15 for community service grants.

Island County will begin accepting applications on Friday, October 15 for community service grants under the U.S. Federal Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA.

A total of $2 million in community service grants will be awarded by the Island County Board of Commissioners to local organizations, including seniors and veterans services, child care and development services , support for young people and support for people with physical or developmental disabilities.

“It’s super exciting to provide this opportunity to help the community expand much-needed services,” said Liz Chaffin, Island County ARPA Program Coordinator.

Grant money can be used by an organization to expand its reach, modernize its services, or adapt to needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications must be submitted by the end of the day on November 15, according to Chaffin, who added that there is no cost to apply. Only one application per entity will be accepted. For those who may not have experience applying for grants, the application is two pages and the process streamlined.

For more information on grants or to return an application, email Liz Chaffin at [email protected] or by mail to Island County ARPA Program, PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. Chaffin’s phone number is 360-679-7397.

Nominations can be found on the Island County website at bit.ly/3aF3uD1.

Jill E. Washington