Mobile County officials have a chunk of change they need to hand out. And if you don’t ask, you don’t receive.
Mobile County Commissioners Merceria Ludgood, Connie Hudson and Randall Dueitt are soliciting requests from area agencies, nonprofits, private businesses and local governments for project funding through Mobile County’s $80.14 million allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act.
Mobile County Director of Public Affairs Sharee Broussard told Lagniappe 10 have applied so far. For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, Oct. 25 by 5 p.m.
The funds are intended to help continue the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in economic recovery while reducing the demand for repurposing tax dollars for relief efforts.
To be considered for funding, proposed projects must be focused on or located in Mobile County and demonstrate they are an allowable use under the act’s guidance. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by Mobile County for fiscal impact, eligibility and alignment with county priorities.
According to guidelines published by the county, eligible uses for the funds include infrastructure projects for water, sewer and broadband; an institution’s or government’s response to the pandemic; and the resulting negative economic impact or loss of revenue.
County officials discussed the program during a Zoom conference Friday, Oct. 8, where they heard advice and instructions for how to properly apply for the funds. The recording of the webinar is on the Mobile County Commission’s American Rescue Plan Act page, along with the presentation slides.
Horne Senior Manager Timothy Smith, who is aiding the county with compliance in the program, said during the Zoom meeting there are no funding caps at this time for projects being considered. Smith also said projects do not have to be outside of the city’s limits to qualify.
Digital applications are available at mobilecountyal.gov. A link to the county’s information page is at the top of the website.
For questions about the application form or to request more information about the submission acceptance process, email [email protected]
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that “more than 70” applications have been submitted to the Mobile County Commission. That number was corrected to 10. Instead, there were more than 70 registered for the commission’s online seminar on Oct. 8.
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