Friday, December 11, 2020
This week, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced a third phase of applications is now open for the COVID-19 Response Program.
This round applies to non-entitlement and entitlement local units of government and will allow them to apply for up to $250,000. Eligible activities include mental health services, childcare services, public Wi-Fi locations, food pantry or bank services, subsidence payment programs, or grants or loans to businesses to retain low-to-moderate income jobs. Phase Three is a competitive process and communities that received an award in either previous phase may apply again.
Proposals are being accepted until the of the day Friday, Jan. 29. However, applicants are encouraged to submit by 4 p.m. as there will be no technical support available after that time. Awards will be announced on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
This past April, OCRA began addressing COVID-19's impact on Indiana communities. It has since awarded 112 grants to 62 communities through the COVID-19 Response Program, totaling more than $20.9 million.