Elk County Commissioners Award $91,000 in ARPA Funding to Non-501c(3) Organizations | New


RIDGWAY–Elk County Commissioners Recognized $91,000 Tuesday in funding to ten qualifying organizations under the ARPA grant they established in April for non-501c(3) organizations.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law last year and created the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. This program aimed to support local governments in their efforts to respond to the lasting impacts for which the nationwide lockdown was responsible. A grant program application form was available on the Elk County website (co.elk.pa.us) for nonprofit organizations registered and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and filed as 501c outside of 501c (3) organizations that had previously received funds. Many local member club organizations like the Ridgway Elks and Moose, local VFW, and American Legion were eligible to apply for these funds and seek economic relief from financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants were asked to provide an introduction to their group, their mission statement, a brief history of the organization and their future goals; proof of non-profit status, project description, cost estimate; a list of the members of the executive committee and the board of directors as well as information on the members; year-end treasurer’s report for 2020 and 2021, income tax return for 2020 and 2021, if applicable, and nonprofit designation letter. This supporting document must accompany the request. Projects eligible for this funding included capital improvements, building improvements, additions and repairs, equipment and furnishings, and ground improvements.
The minimum grant request had to be at least $1,000 with a maximum grant of $10,000. All approved applications received the full funding requested.

The St. Marys Lions Club received $5,000 for their Storywalk program at Benzinger Park and the Eyeglass Program.

The Ridgway Elk County Chamber of Commerce received $6,000 for billboards, social media and organization branding.

The Ridgway Elks Lodge received $10,000 to replace two air conditioning units.

The Ridgway Industrial Development Corporation received $10,000 that will be invested in the development of a site master plan for Ridgway Mills Campground.

The Ridgway Frank Services Council of the Knights of Columbus received $10,000 to replace the windows on the second floor of their Main Street building.

The Ridgway American Legion Post received $10,000 modernize its kitchen and outdoor seating area.

The Ridgway Moose Lodge received $10,000 to replace the flooring at their Lodge on North Broad Street.

The American Legion post at St. Marys received $10,000 to repave his parking lot.

The St. Marys Elks Lodge received $10,000 to update bathrooms, main entrance and floors.

St. Marys Moose Lodge received $10,000 to replace the heating and air conditioning units on the roof of their location.

The commissioners thanked all the organizations for the tireless work they do in the community and hope that these grants will help them in their operations.


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