Eleven Local Nonprofits Stand to Receive $263,781

The Door County Health and Human Services Board has recommended fully funding 11 grant requests from local nonprofits with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The recommendation now goes to the Door County Finance Committee and then the full Door County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors had passed a resolution in August authorizing the expenditure of up to $200,000 for a one-time grant program for local non-profit organizations that provide public health and human services programs to Door County residents. The grant program received 13 applications, according to Joe Krebsbach, Health and Human Services director. Two were disqualified for being outside the health and human services scope. For the remaining 11 applications, two options were presented to the Health and Human Services Board, Dec. 5. The first was to fund the top four candidates at 100% and the remainder at 50%. The total cost for that option would have been $203,375.

The second option was to fund all 11 requests at 100% for a total $263,781. The board approved the second option unanimously, following a recommendation from Krebsbach, who oversaw the evaluation of the grant applicants.

“This has been a lot of work,” Krebsbach told the board. “I don’t want to be whining but the process of the evaluation has taken a significant amount of time. I’d prefer not to do this again; that’s why I want to fund them fully.”

Board member and County Board Supervisor Dale Vogel reminded the group that the supervisors at a previous meeting had not supported funding the one-time grant program at more than $200,000.

“So my concern is, we’re doing something against the board,” Vogel said.

“In my mind, it’s not going against the board, it gives you another time to look at it,” Krebsbach said. “I don’t think we’re doing anything around them, we’re just putting another option in front of them.”

Out of the $5,374,185 million the county received in ARPA funding, about $1.2 million was designated for health and human services, according to Door County Administrator Ken Pabich, most of it not specifically committed except for $347,000 for child care initiatives through United Way. Much of the remainder was intended for a sober living facility, “and we don’t know what that will cost,” Kresbach said.

The $63,781 above the original $200,000 for the nonprofit grant program would come from those ARPA funds designated for Krebsbach’s department.

The nonprofits and grant totals are as follows, if approved by the Finance Committee and then the full County Board of Supervisors:

  • $75,000 to HELP of Door County to add  outreach in both northern and southern door communities.
  • $40,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County to add mental health services.
  • $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity for residents in critical need of home repairs, including roofs, siding, windows, and foundation leaks in homes.
  • $25,000 to the 115 Club to complete the creation of an outdoor gathering space to be used by club members.
  • $20,491 to Habitat for Humanity-Mortgage Relief to assist 12 families who fell behind in their mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 18,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to increase the number of participating volunteers.
  • $17,500 to FISC Money Management Counselors to provide practical, financial counseling and education to empower individuals on a pathway toward financial self-sufficiency and stability.
  • $15,000 to Lakeshore CAP-Food Pantry to Increase the amount of food available for distribution.
  • $10,000 to Altrusa Support for the back to school efforts that distributes school supplies and gym shoes to students.
  • $9,880 to United Way Stride to increase the number of mental health counseling hours available in the school systems.
  • $8,000 to Lakeshore CAP-Jak’s Place to add additional in-person meal options.

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