Rescue plan

Lumber River United Way to Distribute $1 Million in U.S. Bailout Funds on Behalf of County Government

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County government is opening grant applications to distribute $1 million of its $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to nonprofit organizations.

The $1.9 trillion ARP Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021. Over two years, the Robeson County government is expected to receive approximately $25 million in funding.

The funds are intended to provide a much-needed boost to nonprofits that have endured two turbulent years, in which community needs outpaced donations. In-person fundraising opportunities have also been limited due to COVID-19 health precautions.

Lumber River United Way oversees the distribution of money, which should be done quickly and fairly.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000. These funds will be awarded over a two-year period.

Nonprofits can submit nominations on the United Way website until May 20.

A committee of appointed community members and county officials will review applications after United Way staff review nonprofits and cross-check to avoid repeat funding.

The ARPA committee is made up of the following people; Zach Green – Kayser Roth; Dencia Lambdin – community leader; Austin Locklear – Glen-Flora; Wixie Stephens – Chair of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners; Johnny Robertson – John’s Fuel Service; David Ruth – Pastor Lumberton Presbyterian Church; Tomeika Munn – LRUW Director of Community Impact; and Candace Harke – NC Legal Aid

Awards will be made to nonprofit organizations for programs that comply with US Treasury ARPA guidelines, as permitted by the NC’s General Bylaws, and reporting requirements will be imposed on recipients.

“United Way’s 37-year history of serving Robeson County as a trusted source for allocating funds will be used to the fullest for ARPA funds,” said LRUW Executive Director Tate Johnson. “County Commissioners have entrusted United Way with reviewing nonprofits, expediting the awards process and ensuring timely release of funds. There is no better organization suited to manage this process.