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Lt. Gov. Crouch announces additional COVID-19 Response Recipients; Franklin, Rushville

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that an additional 49 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program.


“With today’s announcement, Indiana has awarded more than $10.7 million to our rural communities,” said Crouch. “From increasing access to necessary testing and medical supplies to providing businesses and their workers with much needed relief, these funds are directly assisting in the fight against COVID-19.”


On April 22, Lt. Governor Crouch announced the first 13 recipients of the COVID-19 Response Program who received more than $1.96 million in funding.


“Public-private collaboration and intergovernmental coordination are critically important in ensuring funding is distributed to our rural communities,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “The creativity and local partnerships OCRA has seen in these applications is inspiring and the Hoosier spirit of collaboration continues to thrive even through this crisis.”


The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is continuing to develop a long term response program. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


For more information on the program, visit


Grants to businesses to retain jobs


  • The City of New Castle is awarded $250,000 to fund a business grant making program to assist its hardest hit manufacturers and retail businesses.
  • The City of Franklin is awarded $200,000 to offer small business grants to address the needs of the community's businesses.
  • The Town of Edinburgh is awarded $240,000 to provide grants to small businesses to retain LMI employees and assist with working capital.

Loans to businesses to retain jobs


  • The City of Rushville is awarded $250,000 to help fund its existing revolving loan fund to help local small businesses and create an expedited distribution system.