Ontario County is channeling $1.25 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to back projects emphasizing childcare and workforce development. This initiative is geared towards aiding organizations negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds are set to bolster childcare services, including the launch, extension, or enhancement of programs, as well as infrastructure advancements or new builds for childcare facilities.
The county’s Board of Supervisors has additionally earmarked funding for workforce entities. This encompasses training endeavors for corporations, organizations, and individuals either unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic. Those interested can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000, specifically for workforce development. Both the childcare and workforce development grants mandate at least a 50% match from the applicant.
For the grant application process, the county has enlisted the services of The Harrison Studio. Prospective applicants can gather further details and evaluate their eligibility by reaching out to Chuck Bell of The Harrison Studio. Application forms, guidelines, and FAQs can be accessed on the county’s website, with a deadline set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 for both childcare and workforce training grants.
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