Lehe, Negele: Tippecanoe County receives $250K for local businesses

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:40 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 17, 2020) – Tippecanoe County recently received a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help small businesses, according to State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Tippecanoe County can provide grants to launch a program to support small businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

"Small businesses in our communities are vital to getting the economy fully back on track," Lehe said. "They have been some of the hardest hit by this public health emergency, and this funding will provide some relief they need to continue operating."

According to Negele, 42 rural communities were recipients of the second round of funding, which was distributed through OCRA's COVID-19 Response Program. She said more than $20 million to date has been awarded to counties, cities and towns to help cover payroll and operational costs for local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

"As a small-business owner, I know how hard employers around our state are working to keep their employees and customers safe," Negele said. "Business owners have had to make adjustments and take on added expenses in light of the pandemic, and this funding can help keep them open."

Funding for Indiana's COVID-19 Response Program comes from the federal CARES Act passed at the outset of the pandemic.

More information on the COVID-19 Response Program is available at in.gov/ocra.


State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, which
includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13,
which includes all of Benton County, and portions of Fountain, Jasper,
Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. 
here to download a high-resolution photo.