Phase 2 COVID-19 Response Program

Communities in Southwest Indiana are currently applying for Phase 2 of COVID-19 Response Program grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana is assisting with the application process. Communities that are applying for Phase 2 grants are as follows:

NOTE: Applying for the grant does not guarantee funding. Applications will be reviewed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), and communities will be notified upon completion of that process.

Timelines and budgets for each applicant are listed in the detailed program information linked above.

If an application is approved, the funding will help local small businesses with long-term economic recovery efforts. This grant funding offers grants to businesses in high risk categories including: food and beverage, personal care, professional services, and retail sectors. Other businesses may apply if they believe they meet the criteria of employing 51% or more low-to-moderate income (LMI) persons. Grant funds can be used for a combination of working capital, continued operation expenses, and/or to support remote work expenses that are immediate needs. Grant funds will need to be expended within a three month period. Businesses will be awarded a grant up to $10,000 with no local match required, but allowed.

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]

Phase 1 COVID-19 Response Program

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 more than 110 businesses retain 544 employees in Southwest Indiana, providing tremendous financial support and assistance to regional 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. Other businesses were encouraged to apply if they believed they meet the criteria of employing 51% or more low-to-moderate income (LMI) persons. Grant funds were used for a combination of working capital, continued operation expenses, and/or to support remote work expenses that are immediate needs. Businesses were awarded a grant up to $10,000 with no local match.

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.