Pressel: LaPorte County receives $250K for local businesses

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:25 pm

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 23, 2020) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) said LaPorte County recently received a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help small businesses.

LaPorte County can provide grants to fund LaPorte County Action Fund, Working Capital and Payroll Assistance Grants to businesses for retaining low- to moderate- income jobs.

"Small businesses are a critical piece of the puzzle to getting our economy back on track," Pressel said. "This funding is a great resource to help local businesses as they continue operating during these difficult times."

According to Pressel, 42 rural communities were recipients of the second round of funding, which was distributed through OCRA's COVID-19 Response Program. He 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.

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


State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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