Bay Area Community Foundation invites local nonprofits to apply for ARPA funds

The Bay Area Community Foundation and Bay County government leaders are teaming up to help nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), up to $750,000 will be available for Bay County 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 nonprofits through an online application process.
Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of two informational workshops outlining program requirements and the application process.

The first will be a virtual session Tues., Aug. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The second will be held in person Tues., Aug. 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pere Marquette Depot, 1000 Adams Street in Bay City.

To register, contact the Bay Area Community Foundation at (989) 893-4438 or

Application and program guidelines will be available on Tues., Aug. 16. The application portal opens on Mon., Aug. 22 and proposals are due Thurs., Sept. 22.

“This funding will be used to support our community’s nonprofits as they continue to recover from the COVID pandemic," Bay County Executive James A. Barcia says.

"Bay Area Community Foundation has the experience and resources to funnel these dollars to programs and opportunities that need it most. Communities flourish when government and nonprofits work side by side for the well-being of their citizens.”

Diane Fong, President and CEO of the Bay Area Community Foundation, agrees.

“Our community is stronger when government and nonprofits work together. When done right, funding decisions are not just about dollars and cents. They are about impact and contributing to the community’s fabric, social safety net, economic vitality and sense of place,” Fong says. 
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