Funding Partner Toolkit
Framing the County’s Financial Commitment
For third-party programmatic investments, the County requests that partners highlight the County’s investment through use of logo, earned and social media, as well as recognition on website and marketing materials (annual reports, etc.).
For third-party capital investments, the County’s initial ARPA funding allocation should not be considered a final commitment. The County’s initial allocation can be leveraged in partner communication efforts to support additional fundraising efforts. Partner communications should clearly explain this. E.G., “The funds Arapahoe County has approved for this project/facility/initiative are subject to [our organization] securing the matching dollar amount [or a specific dollar amount] in a timely manner.”
ARPA funds should not be portrayed as a guarantee of completion unless they’re covering the entire cost of a project. We encourage our partners to bring any questions or concerns to us as they arise.
For both areas, although the County is not asking to approve all partner communications prior to sending them, we do ask that any communications about projects that are open ended, pending further funding or approval, or less straightforward be shared (before posting) with our communications team to ensure their accuracy and to make any joint communications consistent. This will be particularly relevant for projects that have received tentative approval (because full approval requires more funds to be raised).
We would like to receive copies of all partner communications for tracking purposes. Please email the copies to LHatlestad@arapahoegov.com.
All ARPA communications should include the following passage, unless space doesn’t allow for it, e.g., on social media:
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill signed into law March 2021 whose goal is to support the economic and public health recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This one-time allocation will enable Arapahoe County to assist in these efforts in multiple areas across our communities.
County Logo(s)/Expectations of Use
Partners should include the Arapahoe County logo on their communications, with the following guidelines:
- Download a .zip file of the County's .png logos
- Reference the County's branding guide (PDF)
- The Arapahoe County logo may only appear in black, black and Pantone 201, or white (for reverse applications). Consistency, good visibility and legibility are key elements to ensure proper logo use. Do not modify or distort the Arapahoe County logo in any way. Do not use the Native American symbol by itself. It should not be separated from the logotype.
- The Arapahoe County logo requires separation from the other elements around it. The space required on all sides is roughly equivalent to the height of the “A” in the logo. It should never be less than that. The logo must always fit into the clear space area and cannot be interrupted by other graphical elements which could hinder legibility of the brand mark.
- The primary logo must always be displayed at a size large enough to read both the logo type and the tagline. The logo can be no smaller than 1 1/2” in length for print collateral and have a resolution of 300 dpi. For legibility on web applications the logo can be no smaller than 33 pixels in height and 220 pixels in width and have a resolution of 72 pixels.
- Vertical Logo: The vertical logo may be used if the horizontal version does not fit on your communication post. It must always be displayed at a size large enough to read both the logo type and the tagline. The logo can be no smaller than 1 1/4” in length for print collateral and have a resolution of 300 dpi. For legibility on web applications the vertical logo can be no smaller than 64 pixels in height and 181 pixels in width and have a resolution of 72 pixels
- When printing the logo on dark or vivid backgrounds, use the reverse application. The mark remains the same, but the logotype is white. There must be sufficient contrast to be able to ensure logo legibility.
- Note: The face of the Native American mark must always appear lighter in color or tone than the surrounding background of the mark. Therefore, the face should always be white.
- The all-white logo should only be used when the logo is used on very busy or colorful background that would detract from the brand, to simplify the appearance.
- Note: A stacked logo (as opposed to the default horizontal version) may be available upon request.
Q. What types of projects qualify for ARPA funding?
A. The County is prioritizing fund allocation in the following areas consistent with the U.S. Treasury Guidelines:
- Vulnerable Populations
- Mental and Physical Health
- County Operations (including COVID response and emergency preparedness)
- Business Support
Q. What was the process for securing funding?
A. The Board held 14 stakeholder meetings in 2021 to identify needs and solicit proposals for consideration. An interagency staff team reviewed requests in the context of the federal rules, established evaluation criteria, and the County’s economic recovery plan and objectives.
The Board has been considering funding proposals during regular study sessions since late-2021 and is continuing that process in 2022.
Q. What grants/how much of the funds are still available?
A. As of Feb. 4, 2022, Arapahoe County still has approximately $28 million in ARPA funds available. The County will determine how best to award these funds based on community needs, program/applicant assessments and fiscal efficiency.