MARION – Williamson County, Illinois was recently awarded funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The purpose of ARPA funding is to address public needs that have been created or exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA legislation sets out specific usage and timing requirements. While we encourage interested parties to go online and see if their specific project or need qualifies for relief under this program; funding can generally be used:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Williamson County invites any business, non-profit, community group, neighborhood association, county department, or other entity who believes they qualify for relief under the ARPA program, to submit an application for funding. Applications will be available online at https://williamsoncountyil.gov or hard copies may be picked up at 407 N. Monroe, Suite 220, Marion, IL 62959. Application may be submitted to Williamson County starting Friday, October 8, 2021. Announcements of funding awards will begin in early 2022. For questions please contact Stephanie Lenon, Administrative Assistant to the Williamson County Board of Commissioners at 618-997-1301 ext. 1135.