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Raatz: Senate District 27 businesses encouraged to apply for Main Street grants


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Raatz: Senate District 27 businesses encouraged to apply for Main Street grants

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 13, 2020) — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) is now accepting applications for the Taking Care of Main Street grant program, said State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond).

The program's goal is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and activities to the public using the Main Street Approach, with special attention paid to organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

"I strongly encourage eligible businesses in our district to apply," Raatz said. "I am confident that it can be a great lifeline for businesses that are struggling from the ongoing pandemic."

According to OCRA, eligible expenses may include salaries, administrative fees, small business support, office space rental and staff development. Larger awards are intended to encourage and support advanced programs looking to implement mid- to long-term recovery strategies related to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each eligible application will be reviewed on a competitive basis based on the application's completion and alignment with requirements and documentation.

Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to organizations based on their Indiana Main Street Program level. All applicants must outline how a reduction of funds has impacted the program's activities, provide an explanation of how the funds will be utilized and supply a current work plan. No match is required, and round one grantees are welcome to apply again for this round.

Applications are open now, and only online applications will be accepted. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 12, with awards being announced Feb. 25. For more information about the grant program, click here.