OCRA announces COVID-19 Response Program

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), under Governor’s Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-05, is redirecting Community Development Block Grant Funds to assist with COVID-19 needs, based on guidance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

OCRA’s COVID-19 Program was created to address the immediate impacts on COVID-19 on Indiana’s rural communities. OCRA will be releasing more information on the Long-Term Recovery Phase in the future.

Eligible applicants include non-entitlement Local Units of Government. Applicants may apply for up to $250,000 per community. OCRA will be accepting applications from Local Units of Government on a rolling basis.

OCRA has identified three eligible activities under this program:

  1. Public Facilities, which includes the conversion of a public building for the testing, diagnosis or treatment related to COVID-19, or the rehabilitation of a facility to centralize treatment;
  2. Public Services, which includes the testing, diagnosis or other services, to increase the capacity of local health services, or to establish a delivery services to provide supplies; and,
  3. Economic Development, which includes grants to business to retain low-moderate income jobs and loans to businesses to retain low-moderate income jobs.

Information on program criteria, applicant and activity eligibility, applications materials and the April 1, 2020 webinar and respective PowerPoint may be found on OCRA’s webpage.

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