Board of County Commissioners announce ARPA Grant Program for non-profits and provide ERAP Update

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners held a press conference to announce the COVID-19 Community Recovery Grant Program which will support nonprofit organizations located in the County that serve veterans, combat food insecurity, provide animal welfare services, supports the special needs community and organizations that promote and preserve art, historical and cultural resources.

“With the American Rescue Plan money, we wanted to make sure we took our time and prioritized certain types of organizations that may not have received federal funding under our previous grant programs, “said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We helped our municipalities with the first round of CARES Act funding, we helped our businesses twice with two different grant programs and today we are proud to announce our Monmouth County Community Recovery Grant Program funding for particular types of nonprofits that may still need financial assistance due to the Pandemic.”

Each nonprofit organization can receive up to $500,000 for expenses and/or lost revenue during the Pandemic. Nonprofits can also apply for funding for enhanced programs and services related to Pandemic recovery.

The County’s official funding notice and program guidelines are available on the County website and submissions are due no later than Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Director Arnone also provided an update on the success of the Monmouth County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

“To date, the County has disbursed approximately $23 million of our $38 million in federal allocation to assist eligible households,” said Director Arnone. “We also would like to remind residents with the State’s Moratorium on utility shut-offs that ended on March 15th, and we want to assure Monmouth County residents that we are here to help with utilities through our partnership with NJ Shares.”

For those in need of rental assistance and would like to learn more about ERAP, visit http://www.monmouthcountyerap.com/ or call the hotline at 848-801-1297.