Tarrant County Approved $35M in Pandemic Recovery Funding

Larry Lease

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Tarrant County is distributing pandemic relief funds to several non-profit organizations.RK/Unsplash

Tarrant County Commissioners Court just approved $35 million in funding to improve public health and wellness. Fort Worth Business reports that the funds will also be used to revitalize the economy and strengthen the community. The funding will be used for 35 separate projects. The money comes from Tarrant County's American Rescue Plan Act Fiscal Recovery Funds program.

Officials will now begin discussions with the organizations that have been selected for funding. Each contract with be submitted to the commissioner's court for approval. The funding will leverage an extra $25 million in matching funds. Tarrant County organizations that will receive funding includes United Way of Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Project awards range from $210,000 to $4.8 million for the organizations. Funding will also be distributed to smaller organizations including Arlington Charities, Sixty & Better and the Community Enrichment Center.

According to Fort Worth Business, they launched a countywide needs assessment, along with roundtable discussions with local leaders. The Commissioners Court in April, approved a call for proposals that align with Tarrant County's focus and goals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county received 131 applications, requesting a total of $208 million in funds.

Each proposal was reviewed by two administrative staff, audit staff, budget staff, and one representative from each commissioners court member. Proposals were reviewed on a number of socio indicators, availability of matching funds, and project readiness. Tarrant County is working hard at reviving the county after being bogged down by the COVID pandemic.

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