Six-figure grants for Mt. Carroll and Polo from American Rescue Plan Act

SPRINGFIELD — Mt. Carroll, Polo and Rochelle were among the 74 municipalities that will receive the first wave of COVID-19 relief grants, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday. In all, $40 million went out to local governments.

The governor then urged the state’s other 1,250 cities, towns and villages to apply for their share of $742 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act aid. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

The federal money can be used to cover expenses those entities incurred in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mt. Carroll will receive $106,784.18. Polo gets $147,567.44. Rochelle got $615,283.49.

“My administration is committed to ensuring that relief made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act reaches all of our communities as quickly as possible,” Pritzker said in a news release.

The state is providing a webinar on Monday, Aug. 16, to assist municipalities in the registration process.

According to the governor’s news release, half of eligible municipalities have taken steps to claim federal funds by completing the portal submission. Those submissions are under review.