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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Submission Portal Now Open for American Rescue Plan Funding

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Hamilton County Businesses & Nonprofits Encouraged to Apply 


The application portal to request American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding assistance is now open for Hamilton County businesses, nonprofits, and governmental units. 

The funding will support hundreds of organizations that serve Hamilton County residents and mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. All entities must complete the online process.   

“This is about much more than simply replacing lost revenue,” said Amy Massillamany, Hamilton County Council President.  “It’s about helping the people in our communities.  Sure, it’s about helping to keep the doors open, but by doing so, we are helping our neighbors receive paychecks and healthcare their families are relying on, now more than ever.”   

The Hamilton County ARPA Committee drafted an investment plan that was approved by the County Commissioners at their August 9th meeting. The plan includes a variety of programs to help the county recover from the effects of the pandemic, including support for the business community and service organizations. The funds will be available to organizations that meet the following criteria. Those who: 

  • Are in good standing concerning state and local taxes, any appropriate professional licensing and/or program (state and federal)
  • Are in compliance with any appropriate and applicable local codes and ordinances 
  • Are locally owned   
  • Are in good standing with the Indiana Secretary of State 
  • Endured negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 public health emergency 
  • Show a decline in overall revenue from 2019 
  • Can supply a COVID impact statement that illustrates the connection between the negative economic harm and the COVID-19 public health emergency 

Priority will be given to those businesses that are minority, woman or veteran owned and service organizations focused on providing direct, life-sustaining assistance, with a focus toward recovery and sustainability.  

“I have seen organizations do some amazing things to adapt and survive under unprecedented circumstances, but so many are just getting by as the pandemic drags on,” says County Commissioner Christine Altman. “This grant program provides much needed assistance that will help organizations throughout our community overcome the next phase of the crisis.”  

The size of the relief grant is not to exceed the total revenue lost by the organization between 2019 and 2020.  Relief grant funds can be used for a variety of expenses including, but limited to payroll and benefits, rent, mortgage, utilities, insurance, advertising, materials, etc.  

To apply for an ARPA Funding Grant: 

  1. Visit the ARPA Planning Committee web page at 
  2. Click the link “ARPA Funding Request Application.” 
  3. Review the directions and requirements contained within the form. 
  4. Completely fill out the form, including your signature. 
  5. Press the “Submit” button. 

Questions regarding the ARPA Relief Funding can be directed to: 

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