It isn’t easy to give away $2.4M

Allen County Commissioners hired Thrive to help them administer $2.4 million in federal relief funds, as requests for the money so far have topped $4.8 million. They also set a deadline of Oct. 12 for groups to apply.

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September 28, 2021 - 9:30 AM

Iola City Administrator Matt Rehder and Water Plant Superintendent Toby Ross talk about the city’s water tower needs as part of a request for some of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

It’s a lucky problem to have, but county commissioners came to the realization on Monday that it isn’t easy to give away $2.4 million. 

And it will be especially difficult considering they’ve already had requests for $4.8 million — more than double the amount available.

To help them figure it out, commissioners hired Thrive Allen County to administer the federal relief funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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