Commissioner Fritz Lecker took point on the non-501c3 funding program and read off the list of awards at the Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday

Commissioner Fritz Lecker took point on the non-501c3 funding program and read off the list of awards at the Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday

RIDGWAY--The Elk County Commissioners awarded $91,000 in funding to ten organizations on Tuesday that qualified under the ARPA grant they established in April for non-501c(3) organizations.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law last year and established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. This program was intended to support local governments in their efforts to respond to the long-lasting impacts that the nationwide lockdown was responsible for. A  grant program application form was available on the Elk County website (co.elk.pa.us) for non-profit organizations registered and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and classified as any 501c outside the 501c(3) organizations that had already received funding. Many organizations from local membership clubs like the Ridgway Elks and Moose, the local VFW, and American Legion were eligible to apply for these funds and seek economic relief from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants were asked to supply an introduction to their group, their mission statement, a brief history of the organization and their future goals; proof of their non-profit status, a description of the project, an estimate of cost; a list of Executive Committee, and Board members as well as membership information; the year's end Treasurer's Report for 2020 and 2021,  the tax return for 2020 and 2021 if applicable, and the Non-Profit designation letter. This supporting documentation must accompany the application. Eligible Projects for this funding included capital improvements, building improvements, additions and repairs, equipment and furniture, and ground improvement.
The minimum grant request had to be for at least $1,000 with a maximum award of $10,000. All approved applications received the total funding they requested.
The Lions Club of St. Marys received $5,000 for their Storywalk program at Benzinger Park and the Eyeglass Program.
The Ridgway Elk County Chamber of Commerce received $6,000 for Billboard Wraps, Social media, and organizational branding.
The Ridgway Elks Lodge received $10,000 to replace two Air Conditioning Units.
The Ridgway Industrial Development Corporation received $10.000 that will be put into developing a Master Site Plan for the Ridgway Mills Campground.
The Ridgway Frank Services Council of the Knights of Columbus received $10,000 to replace the second-floor windows at their building on Main Street.
The Ridgway American Legion Post received $10,000 to upgrade its kitchen and outdoor seating area.
The Ridgway Moose Lodge received $10,000 to replace flooring at their Lodge on North Broad Street.
The St. Marys American Legion Post received $10,000 for repaving its parking lot.
The St. Marys Elks Lodge received $10,000 to update bathrooms, main entryway, and floors.
The St. Marys Moose Lodge received $10,000 to replace heating and AC units on the roof of their location. 
The Commissioners thanked all the organizations for the tireless work they preform in the community and hope these grants will aid them in their operations.

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