Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids are now accepting applications for federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through a joint competitive application process. The online application is available at www.CR-LinnARPA.org.
Applications for this funding are due by noon on July 15, 2022.
In October 2021, the City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County launched a joint application process to allocate the first round of ARPA funding through a competitive application process. ARPA funding is designed to help eligible state and local governments respond to the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic and help our communities recover. The second and final round of funding will be made available through the same joint application process, starting on June 16, 2022 at 9 a.m.
This cooperative effort between Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids simplifies the process for applicants because they only need to apply once using the joint application. Applications will be accepted from organizations wishing to utilize this funding for projects or services and submissions will be routed electronically to either the City or Linn County for review. This routing process will be seamless for the applicant. Applications submitted in the first round will automatically be moved to the second round for consideration, unless the applicant was previously notified their request was ineligible for funding.
City and Linn County staff will review proposals and collaborate on those projects within the City of Cedar Rapids. This will help ensure the most effective use of funds and allows for projects that address the broad scope of community needs.
“We are so pleased to have this opportunity to address critical needs in Linn County that will make an impactful difference for our residents. Our goal in working together with the City of Cedar Rapids is to provide coordinated community support for a strong and equitable economic recovery,” said Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers.
“We appreciate the continued collaboration and commitment from the County and our local non-profits,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell. “Through this streamlined process, we’ve successfully funded projects that address a broad scope of community needs. We are pleased to have this next round available to address the pressing challenges of affordable housing and social service needs in our community.”
Supervisor Rogers added, "We anticipate a highly competitive process for Round 2 funding. As a point of reference, Linn County received 119 applications requesting a total of $77 million in Round 1—and we had $11 million available."