Stutzman: Downtown Goshen receives $5,000 for local businesses

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, September 4, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 4, 2020) – Goshen recently received a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to support Indiana Main Street organizations impacted by COVID-19, according to State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury).

She said Downtown Goshen, Inc. will use the funding to support and promote area businesses and help administer a facade incentive program for Central Business District buildings.

"Businesses are implementing new safety measures to continue operating while protecting shoppers and employees," Stutzman said. "Downtown Goshen will be able to use this grant to provide additional support and resources to our retail district through promotional opportunities and assistance with outdoor seating."

According to Stutzman, 40 rural communities received a total of $200,000 through OCRA's Taking Care of Main Street program. Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative fees, space or equipment rental, or staff development and training.

Business and building owners can apply for grants through Downtown Goshen to cover 75% of costs related to outdoor seating up to $750 at DowntownGoshen.org. More information on the Take Care of Main Street Program is available at in.gov/ocra.

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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