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Application process continues through Dec. 8 for entities interested in receiving grants for sewer or water infrastructure projects

DREAMSTIME PHOTO - Yamhill County has created a grant program for sewer and water infrastructure projects using funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Are you a local government or special district in need of money for sewer or water infrastructure? Then the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners has a program for you, with plenty of federal dollars available for investment.

The commissioners announced last week a new program called the "Investing in Water & Sewer Infrastructure Competitive Grant." Local entities interested in the funds to improve their infrastructure became eligible to apply with Yamhill County on Nov. 8. The county received the funds from the federal government.

"On March 11 … the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law and established the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which together make up the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) program," a release from the county explained. "This program is intended to provide support to state, territorial, local and tribal governments in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain impacts on their communities, residents and businesses. … Yamhill County received $10,750,000 (half) of the $21,000,000 in ARPA funds in May 2021. We expect the other half in May 2022. Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024."

Of the roughly $21 million the county will receive from the feds in relief money, just under $6.9 million (about 33%) is allocated toward water and sewer infrastructure. Those funds will be doled out in the form of grants through this new program to local entities that apply for it and are accepted.

Grant recipients must comply with all federal statutes and executive orders where necessary, the release from the county said.

Proposals to receive grant funding can be submitted until Dec. 8 via the Yamhill County online grant portal. A decision on grant recipients should be posted by the end of the calendar year.

The latest information on how to apply is available on the county's website: www.co.yamhill.or.us/ARPA.


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