Rescue plan

How US bailout funds would help Siouxland nonprofits

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The City of Sioux City announced a new COVID-19 relief program Friday for nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.

Sioux City leaders announced they would provide $250,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding for a new nonprofit COVID19 assistance program.

The Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland offers youth programs year-round, but CEO Meredith Treppa said in 2020 they were forced to close for a short time during the peak of the pandemic, but that they were still able to offer meal assistance and virtual programming.

Treppa said the generosity of donors is what has kept the club alive during these trying times.

“2020 has been a very, very difficult time for individuals and businesses and we are very grateful to our Board of Directors, donors and organizations who have had the ability to help us during the pandemic, so help like this will be really great to fill those gaps,” Treppa said.

To be eligible for ARPA funding, nonprofits must disclose information showing how the pandemic has affected them through reduced revenue, increased costs, or other negative effects.

Treppa explained how far this funding would go if granted and why it is essential to the running of the club.

“We are not quite back to where we were for our pre-COVID numbers, so help like this is really going to help us ensure that the quality of the program does not suffer during times when we have seen such great increase in all our transport, personnel and food costs. All of our resources cost more now,” Treppa said.

The deadline for organizations to apply is May 6.

More information on ARPA funding and applications can be found here.