Cabarrus County Grants Offer For Profit and Nonprofit Organizations a ‘Path to Recovery’

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CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Cabarrus County is dedicating a portion of the more than $ 42 million received in the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help local for-profit and not-for-profit agencies profit based in or serving Cabarrus County.

Funding is available to meet a variety of local needs, including support for households, small businesses, affected industries, essential workers, and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

To get the most out of the funds, the county is calling on local for-profit and non-profit agencies to submit project proposals aligned with acceptable uses, which include:

  • Stabilize businesses or organizations
  • Provide vocational training
  • Continuation of delayed initiatives
  • Helping households to eat and find shelter
  • Provide crisis intervention services
  • Support mental and physical health
  • Make improvements to help prevent and eliminate COVID-19
  • And more

Deputy County Director Rodney Harris believes the flexibility of grants will encourage businesses and nonprofits to apply.

“It’s an investment in the people who have kept Cabarrus open,” Harris said. “Applicants can customize their request to meet a personalized need for a business or community. We will study any project that meets the requirements. This opportunity is a road to recovery for our community. “

About the RFP process

Local administration of the plan includes a request for proposal (RFP) process. The deadline for proposals is August 6, 2021 at 5 p.m.

County staff will assess proposals based on:

  • Qualifications, experience and approach
  • Alignment with County Strategic Priorities
  • Ability to comply with county / federal requirements
  • Ability to comply with county contractual requirements

The county will host a pre-proposal virtual conference (briefing) on ​​Wednesday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. The session is not compulsory, but all interested organizations are encouraged to attend. A recording of the pre-proposal conference will be posted after the event.

From July 14 to 21, organizations can submit questions for clarity.

Check out the official RFP and learn more on the county website, //cabarruscounty.us/CRG.

Other local economic aid

The Cabarrus Salvage Grants are one of the county’s many efforts to help stabilize the local economy.

In March, the county announced that it had received $ 6.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to support households facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The County Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) has been offering payment of overdue rents and utilities since March 2020. Households must demonstrate their needs, including financial housing and utility verification.

So far, the applicants have requested more than $ 5.5 million in ERAP funds. The county is working to cope with the influx of applications and encourages applicants to thoroughly review documentation requirements before submitting their applications.

To apply or learn more about the PIU, visit erap.cabarruscounty.us. Paper applications are available at every branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library.

In November 2020, Cabarrus County awarded more than $ 1 million in nonprofit resilience grants to 32 local agencies that helped stabilize the community during the pandemic. These grants help maintain and expand educational opportunities; meet the challenges of health and well-being; provide food aid; and meet housing needs and help with other household expenses. The money for the grants came indirectly from the North Carolina Coronavirus Relief Funds.

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