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New grant program to help Indiana main streets

(photo courtesy of Main Street Marion)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs have launched Taking Care of Main Street. The new program aims to provide operational support for Indiana Main Street programs.

The office says grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to at least 40 Main Street programs. OCRA says eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative and consultant fees, space and equipment rental, or staff development and training.

The office says recipients will receive 100% of the grant award. Eligible applications will be reviewed and awarded by OCRA on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted.

“Downtowns are the heartbeats of our rural communities, and we recognize the significant impact our businesses and organizations have faced throughout this pandemic,” said Crouch. “Indiana Main Street organizations continue to serve as vital resources, particularly in our small and rural areas, and this is yet another way we can support them in their efforts.”

Grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • A designated Indiana Main Street with an operational history of at least two consecutive years
  • Demonstrated impact of COVID-19 on their Main Street community
  • Provided explanation of how a reduction of funds has impacted the program’s activities
  • Explanation of how funds will assist the organization and what future funding will support
  • Demonstrated operating costs in excess of $10,000
  • A current work plan
  • Rural and urban representation of applicants

The goal is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and activities to the public using the Main Street Approach with attention to organizations impacted by COVID-19.

“Supporting our Main Street organizations who may be struggling financially due to COVID-19 is crucial for or Indiana downtown corridors,” said Matt Crouch, interim executive director of OCRA. “By providing this grant, these organizations will be able to continue to provide direct assistance to local small businesses who need the help as they adjust business models and follow CDC Guidelines.”

You can find more information and apply by clicking here.