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Donato: Senate District 18 awarded more COVID-19 response funding


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Emma Balzer, Press Secretary Intern

Donato: Senate District 18 awarded COVID-19 response funding

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) — Senate District 18 was recently awarded funds to help communities continue to address the impact of COVID-19, said State Sen. Stacey Donato (R-Logansport).

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced an additional 80 Hoosier communities will receive more than $18.6 million in federal grant funding to support mental health services, child care services, public Wi-Fi locations, food bank/pantry services, and grants and loans for small businesses to retain employees through the third phase of the COVID-19 Response Program. Lt. Gov. Crouch previously announced 112 grants to 62 communities in phases one and two of the COVID-19 Response Program, which totaled more than $20.9 million in funding.

In Senate District 18, the following communities were awarded funds:

  • Fulton County was awarded $250,000 to provide grants to businesses and food banks located within the county's jurisdictional boundaries.

  • Miami County was awarded $100,000 to provide grant funds to assist mental health support services to families by providing initial screening and evaluations, one-on-one counseling sessions, support to families with mental health barriers, and resource materials to help clients cope with the challenges they face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The city of Peru was awarded $100,000 to provide assistance to licensed child care providers located within the city limits.

"In light of the harsh effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community, these grants are especially welcome in helping Hoosiers get back on their feet," Donato said. "I'm pleased to see that our communities are receiving aid in order to create stronger businesses and promote strong mental health service,s and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these grants will have on our communities."

For additional information on the program, click here.