Cook: Tipton County communities receive over $346K in COVID-19 response funding

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

STATEHOUSE (May 5, 2020) – Communities in Tipton County received $346,150 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

"COVID-19 could hit our rural communities' budgets the hardest as they brace for the short- and long-term economic impacts," Cook said. "This much-needed funding provides some relief to these areas as they work to keep local businesses open and provide essential services."

Tipton was awarded $250,000 to establish a forgivable loan program on behalf of 25 local businesses, help local food pantries and employ two ambulance drivers to increase response capacity. Elwood received $51,280 to buy personal protective equipment for the local fire department, police department and health care workers. Windfall received $44,870 to create a grant program to help local businesses.

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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