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Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for Lake County American Rescue Plan Act Funding.  Please review the following information before submitting the required application found at the links below to nicholsj@rightplace.org.


On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 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. This program is intended to provide funding 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. Lake County has been approved to receive $2.3M in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding. 

An ARPA Committee has been appointed by the Board of Commissioners to determine the priority needs of the county that could best be addressed with the funds, and to create a fair and effective application and award process for county entities to access and receive the funds to address those priority needs.  The committee will review all applications and make funding recommendations to the Lake County Board of Commissioners. Working together, the Committee and Board may support eligible proposals.


Proposals may be submitted beginning April 1, 2022 and no later than June 30, 2022 using one of the required funding request forms below:  



Please also include the following attachments with your emailed application:


              Proof of 501 (c)3 Status if applicable

              Board Resolution or Leadership Letter of Support of Application

              Project Team Resumes

              Budget Detail

              Most recent annual financials (990, audit)

              Additional Supporting Documentation (optional)

All proposals received will be reviewed by the Committee. Once reviewed, recommendations for funding will be submitted to the Board for its consideration and possible approval.  The Committee will begin reviewing proposals shortly after the deadline passes. The Committee and the Board will communicate results to agencies/organizations as circumstances dictate. This request for proposals and the process described herein are intended to help the County effectively and efficiently determine the best uses of Funds; however the County (acting through the Committee, the Board or otherwise) may, in its discretion, seek and accept formal or informal proposals and make determinations as to the use of funds outside the process described in this request for proposals, with or without notice to the agencies/organizations that respond to this request for proposals.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Must be a Lake County Municipality, library, Authority, Road Commission, Lake County, or 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
  • Must provide services in Lake County
  • Must provide a report of funding if approved
  • Local Municipalities, libraries, and authorities requesting funds must supply at least 50% match on the project
  • The Road Commission and each Local Municipality, must each supply an equal match on a road or bridge related project

Project Eligibility

  • Must serve Lake County residents / businesses in one of the following Priorities:

Broadband  Economic Development / Tourism     Education                      Social Services                  Housing

Environment        Infrastructure                 Health                 County Government Led Project

  • Must be completed by August 31, 2023 County reserves the rights to extend deadline
  • Must provide approval of applicant leadership by resolution or letter of support
  • Funds may not be used to supplant the use of entity’s operational funds

Application Timeline

April 1, 2022

ARPA Application opens online at www.lakecounty-michigan.com

April 13, 2022

ARPA Application Info Session | 1pm Board of Commissioners Room, 800 Tenth St Baldwin

June 30, 2022

ARPA Application closes

Week of July 13,2022

Committee Review of Applications

Week of July 20, 2022

Finalist Presentations to ARPA Committee

August 10, 2022

Recommendations to Board of Commissioners for funding approvals

By August 24, 2022

Begin Notification of Approval of Funding

By August 31, 2023

Project must be completed and reporting submitted.

County reserves the rights to extend deadline

Questions?  Email Jodi Nichols, ARPA Committee Secretary at nicholsj@rightplace.org  or call 231-742-3328 or attend the ARPA Committee meeting on April 13, 2022, at 1pm at Lake County Commissioners Board Room, 800 Tenth Street, Suite 200, Baldwin MI.



Lake County Government Serves the community interests of its citizens through the process ofrepresentation and proactive local government.

The County delivers its many services with fiscalresponsibility and appreciation of the community's rich diversity, while protecting its environmental resources and promoting a high quality of life for all its citizens. Lake County Government strives to maintain the highest standard of conduct and service in its countywide leadership role.


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