Walworth County has awarded the United Way of Walworth County an additional $75,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to be distributed to local nonprofits through an ARPA grant-funding program established in 2021. The goal of the program is to offset the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic incurred by local 501(c)(3) agencies.
In December 2021, Walworth County awarded an initial $100,000 to the United Way through the grant-funding program. Sixteen area nonprofit agencies received between $1,000 and $9,000 each.
“Dozens of nonprofit agencies in Walworth County were impacted by the pandemic,” says Tammy Dunn, United Way of Walworth County CEO. “They lost their fundraisers and volunteers at a critical time. They continue to experience a rise in the need for their services and programs. They are resilient heroes, and these grants will strengthen their foundations so they can continue to serve all Walworth County residents and improve our communities.”
For this round, eligible agencies can request between $1,000 and $7,500 and may utilize the grant for assistance implementing COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics; technical assistance, consulting, or other services for business planning; assistance with payroll support, costs to retain employees or other operating costs; or assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.
A board comprised of United Way of Walworth County committee members will select the grant award winners. Only 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. These organizations must also maintain their principal place of business in Walworth County, conduct their business in Walworth County, and serve people within Walworth County.
Applications will be available on September 14, 2022. Qualifying 501(c)(3) agencies interested in applying should contact Tammy Dunn for an application, (262) 374-4474. The application will also be available online at www.unitedwaywalworth.org. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. The goal is to issue the awards by the end of October.
This project is being supported in whole or in part by federal award number FAIN #SLFRP 2146 awarded to Walworth County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.