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City releases ARPA applications guidelines, citizens and businesses to apply for funds

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Citizens are lining up to apply for ARPA funds. Photo courtesy of Facebook Citizens are lining up to apply for ARPA funds.

The City of Douglas has been allocated $4.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from the federal government. At the regular City Commission meeting on Monday, November 22, 2021, Mayor Tony Paulk and the City Commission approved the application process and guidelines for residents of the city of Douglas to receive ARPA assistance for COVID-19 relief.

Based upon the survey that was conducted and public meetings, the city is allowing utility credit grants and monetary grants to be issued through ARPA funds to assist individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and tourism related entities in the city limits of Douglas.  The hardship MUST be proven to occur during the time period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Award amounts will be based upon either applicant residency or date of operation for nonprofits, businesses, and tourism entities during the period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The number of applications submitted at the conclusion of the solicitation period will be based upon first-come, first-verified, and first-approved process.


Applications will only be accepted beginning Tuesday, November 23, 2021 through December 3, 2021. Applications may be downloaded from the city website or picked up in person at the Community Development Department however, all applications MUST be returned in person to the Community Development Department located at the Ashley Slater House, 211 S. Gaskin Avenue, Douglas, Georgia.  All required information must be accompanied with the application upon submission. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Eligibility and requirements vary based upon need.  To download an application and to view all requirements, go to the City of Douglas website,

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