COVID-19 Response ProgramPhase 3

NOTE: The application for businesses is not currently available. Communities listed below have applied for the grant, but recipients will not be announced until April 15th. Check this website or with your community after that date for more details.

The following communities in Southwest Indiana are tentatively submitting proposals to receive COVID-19 Response Program Phase 3 grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Submission of the proposal DOES NOT guarantee funding at the full or partial level.

The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana (EDC) is assisting with the community proposal and application processes. Communities submitting Phase 3 grant proposals are as follows:

Program Details

On December 7th, 2020 Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced a third phase of COVID-19 Response Program is now open for applications. For this round, eligible applicants include non-entitlement and entitlement local units of government, and can apply for up to $250,000.

Eligible activities include:

New/expanded mental health services, not current, such as:

  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Substance abuse treatment/recovery
  • Suicide prevention
  • Other COVID related mental health conditions

New/expanded childcare services

New/expanded PUBLIC Wi-Fi locations (hot spots, other access)

Expanded food pantry or food bank services

Establish a subsidence payment system

Grants/loans to small businesses

Phase 3 is a competitive process, and communities that received an award in either previous phase may apply again.

CLICK HERE for the OCRA website, and scroll down to Phase 3 information for a webinar and more details on the eligible activities listed above.


Communities are currently being contacted to determine eligibility for the Phase 3 grants. The EDC will coordinate with them in completing the proposal and application to OCRA.

Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Applications are due by Thursday, March 11th, 2021, with funding awards being announced on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

If you have questions please contact a member of the EDC’s Community Development Team:

Debbie Bennett Stearsman:  [email protected] 

Steve Marchand: [email protected]

Andy Zellers: [email protected]

COVID-19 Response ProgramPhase 2

Program Details

Note: Phase 2 is now closed.

Overview: Eight communities in Southwest Indiana were awarded Phase 2 COVID-19 Response Program grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Communities provided 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 received $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 were used to support small businesses in that community.

This grant provided $1.9 Million Dollars in funds to communities to assist businesses in retaining hundreds of low to moderate income (LMI) workers who have been affected by COVID-19.

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.