Cook: Hamilton County communities receive over $475K in COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, May 5, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 5, 2020) – Communities in Hamilton County recently received a total of $475,908 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

"Our rural communities face unique challenges during this public health crisis because they operate on smaller budgets and have less dense populations," Cook said. "This funding provides much-needed relief to these communities as they work to provide Hoosiers with essential services and navigate this pandemic."

Cicero was awarded $160,437 to create a business and economic development retention program to retain jobs. Funds will also be provided to the local food bank to purchase food and hygiene supplies. Sheridan received $247,782 to expand medical staff, buy food and hygiene products for six local facilities, and develop a grant program to ensure small, downtown businesses are able to operate during and after the public health crisis.

Arcadia received $67,689 to assist the Hamilton County Harvest Bank with purchasing additional food and hygiene supplies, and provide local businesses grant assistance for operational costs, employee retention and expansion of services.

In March, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which allowed the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to redirect Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19 needs. As a result, the COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of the public health emergency on Indiana’s rural communities.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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