Davisson: Salem receives COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, May 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 4, 2020) – Salem recently received $250,000 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem).

The money will fund a local small business grant program to help retain jobs. Businesses will be able to apply for $5,000 grants to sustain expenses such as rent, working capital and utilities. According to Davisson, 62 communities received funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.

"Rural Indiana heavily relies on small businesses to fuel our economy," Davisson said. "With so many workers and businesses feeling the hardship of this public health crisis, these funds can help keep these businesses open and continue providing to their communities and employees."

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.

Visit in.gov/ocra for more information.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.

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