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Houchin: Senate District 47 awarded COVID-19 response funding

STATEHOUSE (May 4, 2020) – Two communities in Senate District 47 will be awarded funds through the new COVID-19 Response Program, said State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem). Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced an additional 49 rural communities across the state will receive a total of $8.8 million of the new federal grant funding.

The Town of Corydon is receiving $250,000 toward a local grant program. Applicants may request up to $10,000 in grant funds for working capital to assist with the payroll of essential employees and allow non-essential employees to work remotely.

The City of Salem is receiving $250,000 to fund a local small business grant program to help retain jobs within local businesses. Businesses will be able to apply for $5,000 grants to sustain expenses such as rent, working capital and utilities.

"I am grateful for the lieutenant governor's leadership in ensuring rural communities receive this critical funding," Houchin said. "Small businesses all over the state are in need of assistance to overcome the financial burdens caused by this pandemic, and I am certain this funding will be put to good use."

To date, $10.7 million has been awarded to rural Indiana communities through the COVID-19 response program. More projects will be announced as they continue to be evaluated and reviewed by OCRA.

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