Rescue act

Rescue Act grants help keep Outagamie County businesses and nonprofits afloat

APPLETON – More than $ 1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act grants went to 139 businesses and nonprofits in Outagamie County in 2021.

Outagamie County Council was briefed on Tuesday evening of the results of the county’s small business and nonprofit grant programs funded through the US Federal Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The law, which was passed and signed earlier this year, provided for assistance to local governments to help their communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Outagamie County.

Download the Small Business Recipients HERE

Download the non-profit recipients HERE

In Kaukauna, beneficiaries included the Ghost Town Fitness Center, which received $ 5,000; The Galleria of Tile, which received $ 1,137 and the Center for Suicide Awareness, which received $ 25,000.

In Appleton, nonprofits such as the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the Fox Cities Chamber and the Big Brothers Big Sisters each received $ 25,000.

“This holiday season, many members of our community continue to struggle to recover from the continuing impacts of the pandemic,” County Director Tom Nelson said. “Outagamie County is grateful for the ability to help. “



Small businesses were eligible for grants of up to $ 5,000, with grants totaling over $ 209,000 awarded
to 72 small businesses in the county.

“As a former small business owner, I know how slim the margins can be under normal circumstances,” commented Outagamie County Board Chairman Jeff Nooyen. “There is no doubt that the pandemic has had significant impacts on our small business community, so we are delighted to have received federal funds to do our part, as well as other federal and state programs, to help them. to cover part of their costs related to the pandemic. “

Local nonprofits could apply for grants of up to $ 25,000 in eight different categories; Food / nutrition, safe shelter, financial assistance, behavioral health, childcare, youth enrichment, cultural venues and local tourism.

Over $ 1.4 million has been awarded to 67 different nonprofits across the community.


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“This is only our first step,” said Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Director. “We are impatient to
specifically highlighting how the nonprofit community is using these dollars to work in the next
month. We will also continue to assess other strategic investment opportunities to help our
the community is recovering.

Additional information on the county’s implementation of the American Rescue Plan, including a new
the data dashboard detailing the county’s ARPA investments to date, can be found on the county’s website
at https://www.outagamie.org/government/outagamie-county-s-implementation-of-the-americanrescue-plan.

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