SOUTH BEND — With an assist from the American Rescue Plan Act, Pacific County is making financial aid available to local nonprofits that have been hampered by the covid-19 pandemic.

The county announced earlier this month that it is using a portion of the federal ARPA funds it was allocated this year to assist nonprofit organizations “that suffered a negative economic impact as a result of the public health emergency.”

As part of the application process, nonprofits will be asked to demonstrate how the pandemic negatively affected them economically. Examples cited by the county included an organization showing a loss of fundraising revenue in 2020 vs. 2019, or demonstrating an inability to provide certain services as a result of the pandemic.

The application packet can be found at There is no deadline for the application, but the county noted that ARPA funds are only available for a limited time.

Those with questions about the application are asked to contact Paul Plakinger, management and fiscal analyst for the county, at or by calling 360-875-9300 extension 2243.

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