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American Rescue Plan Act 

Island County ARPA Program - Community Service Grants

Hear about the ARPA Community Service Grants at work in your community.

I'm one of the SAIL instructors at Soundview Center in Langley. Thanks for the ARPA Community Service Grant from the Soundview Center Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) fitness class participants and instructors. Participants have reported better endurance, balance, and more fun in their lives since attending. We sure appreciate your support. Here are a some of the happy participants enjoying the new air filters. Lone Lake Physical Therapy – SAIL Program

I am thanking you all for the great assistance you have extended to me. It really helps me, and it was a huge relief to fund me with some of my daycare needs and not thinking of enormous debt ahead. Thank you very much. Josyl Daycare

Ps: the project is going very well. All of our classes are overbooked. People are so thrilled to be able to participate in these arts classes.  We have watercolor painting, bookmaking, ukulele, theater improv, creative writing and more! Create Space

We are beyond grateful for the ARPA Grant Opportunity we received through Island County. Here at Little Oaks, we operate at very high volumes with low profit margins. We often times struggle to retain qualified employees, and strive to find ways to pay our employees higher wages. With the grant we received, we were able to fully renovate part of our property to add ten additional spots for childcare, which created two more job openings. Early learning and childcare facilities are essential for the stability and growth of a community. This grant helped us a build a greater foundation at Little Oaks, we are so thankful for the chance to expand our school at Little Oaks. THANK YOU Island County ARPA, we would also like to thank Triple C Construction for working within our budget and creating the exact vision we had! Little Oaks Preschool & Childcare Center

We opened our doors on March 1st with a waitlist of anxiously awaiting parents. We have been blessed with a great group of parents. The need for childcare is great in our county/community.  The grant has allowed us to hire quality staff who really care about the children we minister to. One of our teachers has described it this way, "Financially it made it possible to keep this job because I am able to pay back student loans and having wages be higher makes it possible to get the job and...go back to get my education for an early education degree. I can improve my classroom atmosphere and learning environment." The grant has allowed the children we care for to be in a safe and loving place while their parents are able to work. Thank you very much!! Camano Lutheran Childcare

Thank you for sharing the happy news of the preliminary approval for our ADA-accessible trail extension that will enable access to the upcoming Augmented Reality sculptures which will be brought to the Coupeville community for the first time this year. Yay!!!  Thank you for the terrific news.  You and the Commissioners have provided us with the first grant that we have ever received.  It will indeed be put to good use in our local community. Price Sculpture Forest

Stay tuned as we hear from more grant recipients on the impact that the ARPA funds have had in providing services their community.

The grants are now closed. Thank you for the many applications.

*Update*  The Community Service Grant list has been finalized. The BOCC approved the final list on January 11, 2022. You can view the list HERE.

The Island County Commissioners have allocated funding for Community Service grants. The Commissioners priorities are that these funds will be distributed and serve Island County residents. These are the primary areas of focus for the community:

  •         Senior and Veteran's Services
    • Modernizing and expanding services
    • Improving interior spaces for safely serving more seniors
    • Retention and recruitement pay
    • COVID-19 mitigation, barriers and PPE
  •         Childcare and Child Development
      • Expanding facilities to safely serve a greater population
      • Training new employees and continuing education
      • COVID-19 mitigation, barriers and PPE
      • Technical assistance to improve or expand services
      • Retention and recruitment pay
      • Offset wage revenue impacts
    • Home visits
      • Support
      • Training
      • Child development and health need
    • Services for child welfare, family and foster care
      • Support and coping skills training
      • Positive parenting skills training
      • Mental health support
  •         Youth Support
    • New and expanded services to aid in:
      • Academic
      • Social
      • Emotional and mental health
    • Life skills training
    • Job training and mentorship programs
    • Family and foster family/child support programs
    • Retention and recreuitment pay
  •         Physical oDevelopmental Disability Support
    • Home and telehealth visits
      • Providing support
      • Mental and emotional health wellness
      • Health needs
    • Expanded services for greater outreach
    • Updating business models for the future
    • Coping skills and mental health outreach for families
    • Retention and recruitment pay
    • Training
      • For the disabled persons
      • For families to provide improved care
  •         Service Organizations that support those services
    • Open to service organizations that provide support in the areas of focus for the community grant program.

For more information contact Liz Chaffin:

LC.Chaffin@islandcountywa.gov or 360-679-7397




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