ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday approved an application and process for a grant program funded with federal COVID relief funds to help local nonprofit organizations that suffered revenue loss due to the pandemic.
The minimum award for the Hancock County Lost Revenue Grant program will be $1,000, said Chairman Bill Clark, who came up with the idea for the program.
The commissioners previously voted to allocate $300,000 for the nonprofits. The money comes from a $5.3 million pot of federal funds wired to the county this spring. Another $5.3 million is anticipated to arrive in June 2022.
“They are going to be funded as they’re approved,” Clark said. “The first person in is going to be the first person paid who qualifies.”
The program will end Nov. 1 or whenever the funds have been exhausted.
As the grants are a reimbursement for actual loss, the county does not need to know how recipient organizations spend the money, according to Clark.
An application for the grant program will be up on the county website soon.
For more information, go to https://hancockcountymaine.gov/american-rescue-plan/.