COVID-19 Response ProgramPhase 2

The business application for COVID-19 Response Program Phase 2 grants is now closed.

NEXT STEPS: Applicants will be notified during the week of September 21st if their application meets the basic eligibility criteria, and asked to provide supplemental information. Items requested at that time may include (but not limited to):

  • Low to Moderate Income/Certification Form
  • Impact Letter
  • Retention Letter

All required forms will be provided by the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. You will not need to create any forms or documents.

Application Review by Community

Once all supplemental information is received, the applications will be sent to a review committee. Review committee will be comprised of local officials/community members. Once reviewed, awarded businesses will be notified. Funds will be provided by the community to the business in one lump sum.

Having trouble finding the answer to your question? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page HERE!

Program Details

Eight communities in Southwest Indiana have been awarded Phase 2 COVID-19 Response Program grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Communities will provide businesses grants up to $10,000. Recipients were announced on August 27th, 2020. Communities awarded Phase 2 grants are as follows:

  • City of Boonville has been awarded $250,000
  • City of Mount Vernon has been awarded $250,000
  • Town of Fort Branch has been awarded $250,000
  • Town of New Harmony has been awarded $270,000*
  • Town of Haubstadt has been awarded $150,000
  • Posey County has been awarded $250,000
  • Gibson County has been awarded $250,000
  • Vanderburgh County (excluding Evansville) awarded $250,000

*NOTE: New Harmony is receiving $250,000 in grant funding as well as a generous $20,000 gift from the Kent and Laurie Parker Family Foundation for a total of $270,000. All funds will be used to support small businesses in that community.

This grant provides funds to communities to retain low to moderate income (LMI) workers who have been affected by COVID-19. Communities, not individual businesses, will be evaluated to determine if they meet specific LMI thresholds for eligibility.

City of Evansville

Businesses within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville are not eligible as the City is an entitlement community (cities with population of at least 50,000) and receives a direct allocation of funding. Click HERE for a list of COVID-19 relief programs for Evansville.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Small business must be located within the corporate limits of the city/town/county awarded
  • Meet the definition of a small business or microenterprise*
  • Non-profit organizations are not eligible
  • If a business received OCRA COVID-19 Response Program Grant during Phase 1, they are not eligible for Phase 2 funds
  • Businesses that received other COVID-19 relief funds such as a PPP loan or other assistance are eligible

*NOTE: The State of Indiana defines a small business as a for-profit enterprise with 100 employees or less, and a microenterprise as a for-profit enterprise with 5 employees or less, with the owner being one of them.

If you have a question regarding Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Response Program, please reach out to a member of the EDC Community Development team listed below:

Debbie Bennett-Stearsman – [email protected]

Steve Marchand – [email protected]

Andy Zellers – [email protected]

Having trouble finding the answer to your question? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page HERE!

COVID-19 Response ProgramPhase 1

NOTE: Phase 1 is now closed.

Five communities in Southwest Indiana were awarded grant funding through Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Response Program from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Communities awarded and amount of grant funds received are as follows:

  • The City of Oakland City was awarded $100,000
  • The City of Princeton was awarded $250,000
  • The Town of Poseyville was awarded $150,000
  • The Town of Newburgh was awarded $200,000
  • Warrick County was awarded $250,000

A total of $950,000 in Phase 1 grants assisted 104 businesses retain 544 employees in Southwest Indiana, providing tremendous financial support and assistance to regional small businesses during the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overview: Phase 1 offered grants to businesses in high risk categories including: food and beverage, personal care, professional services, and retail sectors. Communities were encouraged to apply if they believed their employers meet the criteria of employing 51% or more low-to-moderate income (LMI) persons in aggregate. Grant funds were used for a combination of working capital, continued operation expenses, and/or to support remote work expenses that are immediate needs.

If you have questions, input, or want to share a success story regarding Phase 1 grants, please do not hesitate to reach out a member of the EDC Community Development team.