Communication & Status Updates

STATUS UPDATE- June 24, 2022

All eligible Project submissions have now been scored and are available here. Please note a high score on this report does not necessarily mean the project will be funded. 

Each Project submitter will be receiving an individual breakdown of their score for each component of the scoring rubric in the next week. For more information on project scores, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. 

The Recovery Office and County Management are now in the process of reviewing projects by their score and selecting projects for inclusion in the Draft Recovery Plan. Scores are one component of the funding process, but a project’s score doesn’t immediately qualify or disqualify a project from funding. The Recovery Office and County Management review is conducted to ensure that overall, the Draft Recovery Plan includes a diversity among funded projects by geographic location, population served, and project scale and size of the organization completing the project, as well as the availability of other funding and the potential for transformative, one-time impact.

At this time, the Recovery Office is still reviewing ideas as well as projects. Idea submissions were not scored on the rubric because idea submissions did not include the same level of detailed information as project submissions. As the Draft Recovery Plan is being formed over the next few weeks, the Recovery Office will be reaching out to submitters of Ideas if they are able to be incorporated into the funding plan.

The Recovery Office will be spending the next few weeks selecting projects for funding and conducting more detailed checks on project and applicant eligibility. The draft funding recommendations will be made available to the public by July 18, 2022 in the Draft Recovery Plan. Submitters will be notified directly of their inclusion in the Plan by that date.

The Recovery Office is providing town hall sessions during the weeks of July 18th and July 25th to brief the public on the Draft Recovery Plan and to solicit feedback on the Plan. All residents are also able to provide their feedback through an online survey. More information on how to register for town halls and how to access the online survey will be posted here and shared through the County’s social media outlets in the coming weeks.

STATUS UPDATE - JUNE 10, 2022

The Montgomery County Recovery Office has almost completed its initial reviews of the 426 project submissions to the Pandemic Recovery Fund. Our staff’s reviews are to verify eligibility for funding and completeness of the submission.  

As the Recovery Office completes its reviews, eligible and complete submissions are being forwarded to the External Review Committee for scoring. The Committee is now in the process of scoring all submissions against our scoring rubric. Each submission will be scored by up to 10 reviewers. The average score of all reviewers will be the submission's final score. 

From this point: 

o    Submitters can expect to receive an email notification with their submission's final score by June 24, 2022. All scores are final. Submissions that were determined to be ineligible will also be notified by June 24, 2022; eligibility determinations are also final.

o    Once all eligible submissions have been scored, the Recovery Office and County Management will prepare the list of funding recommendations into a "Draft Recovery Plan." We will consider the External Review Committee’s score, as well as other factors, to recommend projects for funding. 

o    Recovery Office staff may be reaching out to submitters regarding their submission as the Draft Recovery Plan is being assembled, to verify budget estimates or confirm other components of the submission. 

o    All submitters will receive an email notification regarding their submission's conditional acceptance or rejection into the Draft Recovery Plan by July 18, 2022. 

o    The Recovery Office will be hosting a series of community conversations to share the Draft Recovery Plan during the weeks of July 18 and July 25. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Recovery Plan during this time- we will share how to register for events or provide written comment in future updates. 

o    The Recovery Office will take any feedback received into consideration as it prepares the final Recovery Plan, which will be approved by August 18, 2022. All submitters will receive a final confirmation of their funding status at that time and all funded projects will be posted on the County's website. 

Thank you for your participation in the Pandemic Recovery Fund thus far. We are incredibly excited by the ideas submitted and look forward to moving into the next steps of the funding process.

STATUS UPDATE - MAY 27, 2022

We continue our work towards finalizing review and scoring of the over 400 projects and over 150 ideas submitted for consideration under the County’s Pandemic Recovery Funds program. County Recovery Office team members continue to analyze and review submissions, to discuss projects with submitters as needed, and to date have forwarded 268 projects for scoring by our review panel. Reviewers have entered over 1,000 scoring reports to date, or approximately one fourth of the total that will be needed to complete scoring.

Update from Deputy Chief Operating Officer Barbara O'Malley

May 27, 2022

STATUS UPDATE - May 4, 2022

THANK YOU for the stunning response to the County’s Pandemic Recovery Funds (PRF) program. 

We received 426 project submissions comprising $1.3 billion dollars in requested funds, and 159 idea submissions by the County’s April 30, 2022 deadline. These forward-thinking initiatives represent an unprecedented expression of our Montgomery County community’s vision and needs, and Recovery Office staff will coordinate processing and analysis of all of the submissions with County management over the coming weeks. We will use the submissions to fulfill our responsibility to equitably expend the $161.4 million allocated to Montgomery County through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and will deliver a program of projects implementable within the required timeframe. This list of funded projects will be documented in the County Recovery Plan.

From this point:

o    Recovery Office staff will perform initial reviews of all project submissions, asking questions of submitters, consulting for more information with subject matter experts, and vetting projects to prepare them for scoring. While many submitters will hear directly from Recovery Office staff, do not be concerned if you do not; all projects will be advanced for scoring.

o    After completion of the Recovery Office initial review, the PRF reviewer panel will score each submission according to the scoring rubric, available here. 

o    After scoring, projects will be considered by the County for inclusion into the Recovery Plan. The draft Recovery Plan will be circulated for public feedback, and will be adopted as the final plan after consideration of feedback and formal resolution at a County Board of Commissioner’s meeting.

PAST TOWN HALLS: LEARN HOW TO APPLY FOR ARPA FUNDING & HOW IT CAN BE USED

Montgomery County has held a series of Town Halls on Pandemic Recovery Funding. You can view our most recent Town Halls below or find all of our past events on our Youtube Channel