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Cedar Rapids, Linn County announce second round of ARPA funding

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Tiffany O'Donnell

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The City of Cedar Rapids and the Linn County Board of Supervisors announced the details in the second round of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to help pandemic recovery.

Cedar Rapids and the Linn County announced a joint application process for a first round of funding in October 2021. The application process was offered to businesses, non-profits and local governments.

The second and final round of funding is now available through the same joint application process, which can be found online HERE or at both the city's and county's websites. Applications for the funding are open for the next month, and are due by 12 p.m. on July 15, 2022.

Applications will be routed directly to either the city or the county for review and will be accepted from organizations wanting to use the funding for projects or services that help alleviate impacts of the pandemic. Unless they were told their request was ineligible, applications from the first round that weren't funded will be automatically moved to the second round. 

Linn County will have $22 million to award in round two of the funding. Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers says that some of it will be for the applications and some will be designated for other identified needs. He says the funds will be allocated to projects for affordable housing, social services, public health, capital investments, water and sewer infrastructure, and negative COVID-19 impacts. 

Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell also announced on Thursday that the City of Cedar Rapids will allocate $3 million in its $28 million of ARPA funds toward the applications. She says the funds will be designated for affordable housing and social services.  

O'Donnell says that funding recommendations are anticipated to be presented to the City Council for consideration by the end of August.