Greene County, Fairborn to aid nonprofits with ARPA funds

Greene County and Fairborn are partnering to give $1.5 million in federal funds to non-profit groups. FILE

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Greene County and Fairborn are partnering to give $1.5 million in federal funds to non-profit groups. FILE

Greene County and Fairborn are partnering to give $1.5 million in federal funds to nonprofit groups.

Fairborn is adding $500,000 to the $1 million the county will provide to those organizations with the city’s share designated for groups within its jurisdiction, officials said.

The county had $33 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, and $29 million has been allocated or is being considered for grant approval.

“Those entities are the ones who are best positioned to provide direct services to members of our community who desperately need them,” county Administrator Brandon Huddleson said in a statement announcing the plan.

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Applications will be made available starting today on the county Department of Development website. The deadline to apply is June 30, officials said.

All applications will be evaluated for compliance based on the ARPA guidelines and then passed through to either the city or the county, officials said. Questions should be directed to county Development Director Eric Henry at 937-562-5007.

The city is narrowing its focus on prioritizing areas where $6.8 million in federal COVID relief funds will be spent.

In addition to nonprofits, talks have included up to $1 million for stormwater projects and around $500,000 for small businesses, Fairborn Mayor Paul Keller has said.

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City council is expected to approve a resolution outlining ARPA projects June 6 and appropriate the funds two weeks later, Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson has said.

“This is a great opportunity for us to assist the nonprofit organizations within the city … as they continue to provide crucial services to the people of our community,” Anderson said in the announcement.

County commissioners recently approved ARPA disbursements. Athletes in Action — through the city of Xenia — will get $1 million to build a water line out to the organization’s planned Wooden Family Fieldhouse.

The faith-based nonprofit is building the new sports complex and indoor soccer field on its Xenia campus, expecting to draw more than 400,000 athletes to the county per year.

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Michael’s House in Fairborn, an advocacy center for victims of child abuse and neglect, received $47,000 for technology upgrades. Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine also received $250,000 to expand its medical program building.

Other coronavirus relief money will fund internal county projects, including $1.35 million for communication and radio systems for county sanitary engineering, which allows each site to work remotely, and $360,000 for wellfield upgrades.

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