JOLIET – The Will County Executive Committee is continuing to allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. At yesterday’s committee meeting, the Board considered allocation for the “Unmet Needs” pillar which encompasses townships, fire protection districts, park districts, libraries and municipal parks. Previously, the Board approved funds for townships, fire protection districts and the Will County Forest Preserve.
“We continue to press forward with funding plans and are eager to get these federal dollars to groups providing front line services for our residents,” said Speaker Mimi Cowan. “We are seeking input from the community on how to best allocate these funds and look forward to releasing ARPA dollars in the coming weeks.”
Will County’s ARPA consultants met with townships and fire protection district representatives this week to discuss eligible funding opportunities and review the application process. A total of $3.5 million has been allocated to townships, while $2.5 million has been allocated to fire protection districts.
Minority Leader, Mike Fricilone, stated, "I attended the meetings with both the townships and fire protection districts this week and I am confident that many will be submitting applications very soon. The County Board is doing our due diligence to make sure these critical funds are distributed appropriately. We want to get these dollars out into the community as soon as possible.”
“Bringing necessary resources to Will County residents remains our focus,” said Majority Leader Meta Mueller. “I am committed to ensuring underserved populations benefit from ARPA funding. Clean, safe drinking water is not a luxury.”
Applications will be reviewed to confirm eligibility and compliance. Funding is expected to go out soon thereafter. Fund disbursement could begin as early as August 1, 2022.
Next steps for the County Board include further discussions surrounding healthcare, economic development strategies and county governmental services. These topics will be discussed over the next few months with applications to be made available soon.