The Adams County commissioners today praised the work of county employees for their efforts over the past six months in awarding grants through the Fund for Adams Investment and Recovery (FAIR) program.
The FAIR program, which has now awarded all of its allocated funds, was used to distribute money from the Federal CARES Act to small businesses, municipalities, nonprofits, and other organizations. The grants also provided personal protective equipment (PPEs)
Office of Planning and Development Director Sherri Clayton-Williams said 221 applications were received in three grant cycles between August and November and that 198 grants totaling $8,527,970 were awarded.
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Clayton-Williams joined the commissioners in explaining the difficulty of the project, its cost to the county, and the work done by staff in so many county departments.
The county also thanked the community evaluation team, consisting of volunteers from the community, who had evaluated the proposals.
The county said individual grants had been capped at $100,000 to help as many people as possible. Two organizations – Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital and the Gettysburg Travel Council — received extra money.
Although the county estimated it had spent over 25,000 hours and $1 million administering the grants, it capped its reimbursement from state funds at $600,000.
“This was very significant. We were met by tears of gratitude. Giving away $9 million was not that easy. We did the job thoroughly, correctly, and properly,” said Commissioner Randy Phiel.
“This really indicates the magnitude of this program. The program should be recognized for the great work that went into it,” said County Commissioner Jim Martin.
Commissioner Marty Qually said “people work for government because they want to help other people. It’s amazing the amount of help we gave to the community.”