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On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law. Among many other provisions, ARPA provides direct funding to each county in the United States through what is called the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Fund (CLFRF). For Mississippi County, Arkansas, this amount is $ $7,895,980.00 Mississippi County has designated $2,000,000.00 from its CLFRF to fund the "Mississippi County Infrastructure" grant program.
These grants will fund innovative and effective infrastructure projects designed to address the infrastructure needs of the County. Each grant will provide up to $200,000 for cities within Mississippi County and can only be used for Infrastructure projects pursuant to Arkansas Constitution, Article 12, Section 5 as incorporated into Article 12 by Amendment 97. These grants will fund up to 75% of project costs, with 25% cost being matched by the applicant.
Applications for this grant may be submitted by cities located within Mississippi County.
This grant will award up to $200,000.00 per project. Max of two (2) projects per City may be awarded.
Activities that conflict with the purpose of the American Rescue Plan Act statute (e.g., uses of funds that conflict with COVID-19 mitigation practices in line with CDC guidance and recommendations).
Violations of Award Terms and Conditions or conflict of interest requirements under the Uniform Guidance.
Any illegal purpose or purpose against the interest of Mississippi County.
Any uses not defined by the Arkansas Constitution. (Article 12, Section 5 as incorporated into Article 12 by Amendment 97)
The funding allocated by Mississippi County for this grant program should be used to assist with Infrastructure project planning or implementation with a priority for projects that address areas of greatest need and serve those most at-risk.
The following are types of projects eligible under this program:
- land acquisition;
- site preparation;
- rail spur construction;
- water service;
- wastewater treatment;
- employee training which may include equipment for such purpose;
- environmental mitigation; and
- training and research facilities and the necessary equipment, therefore.
If more eligible projects are received than can be funded, the County reserves the right to make additional funding available and award that funding to additional projects in the order of their scoring priority as detailed below.
Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis.
Implementation of the project should not extend beyond two (2) years of the date of the grant award.
Friday, April 7th, 1 p.m. CST - Workshop [Recording will be posted here after the LIVE event is held.]
Friday, April 21st at 4:30 p.m. CST - Applications Deadline