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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Klamath County Awards American Rescue Plan Grant Dollars to Local Businesses

The American Rescue Plan funding, known as Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds consists of $350 billion to be distributed to state, local territorial and tribal governments nationwide.  State, local and tribal governments across America have been under an unprecedented strain in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. While the need for services has increased, state and local revenues have plummeted as a result of the economic fallout from the crisis.  The American Rescue Plan Act provides dollars to state, local, and Tribal governments to enable them to continue to support the public health response and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable economic recovery. In addition to helping these governments address the revenue losses they have experienced as a result of the crisis, it is intended to help them cover costs incurred due to responding to the public health emergency and to provide support for a recovery – including through assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits, aid to impacted industries, and support for essential workers. It also provides resources for state, local, and Tribal governments to invest in infrastructure, including water, sewer, and broadband services.

Klamath County has received 6.6 million dollars, and is slated to receive an additional 6.6 million dollars next year.  Klamath County Commissioners formed the American Rescue Plan Allocation Committee to assess proposals on how best to use the funding to support our local community.  The committee met on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and listened to 33 10-minute presentations by eligible Klamath County applicants.  The committee then assembled on Thursday, September 23, 2021 to discuss funding for the applicants and made the following recommendations:

    CASA for Children of Klamath County: $50,000

    Chemult Community and Tourism Association: $50,000

    Citizens for Safe Schools:  $50,000

    D&G Holdings Northwest LLC dba Crazy R Pizza:  $20,000

    Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin:  $50,000

    Healthy Klamath:  $125,000

    Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center:  $60,000

    Klamath Community College – Childcare center:  $500,000

    Klamath Community Youth Sports Complex dba Steen Sports Park:  $655,000

    Klamath County Economic Development Association:  $1,000,000

    Klamath Film:  $3,000

    Klamath Fire District #1:  $200,000

    Klamath Works – Housing Development:  $275,000

    Lost River Booster Club:  $250,000

    Oregon Tech Foundation – BIG ABA Clinic $170,000

    REACH - $130,000

    Rocky Point Fire & EMS:  $200,000

    Ross Ragland Theater:  $100,000

    Transformations Wellness Center:  $500,000

The guidance that the Treasury has provided thus far can be found on the County website 

http://www.klamathcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/29090/SLFRP-Fact-Sheet-FINAL1-508A

You can watch the entire committee process on our YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCatjnN9cmNBw4F6PZvIMZiA/live



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