Vermilion: Blackford County, local communities receive COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:41 am

STATEHOUSE (May 12, 2020) – Blackford County along with several local communities recently received a total of more than $426,000 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion).

"The coronavirus impacted Hoosiers everywhere," Vermilion said. "Rural communities are fighting especially hard to keep businesses open while finding ways to provide testing and services to residents. This funding will help address these challenges and get us through this difficult time."

Blackford County received $240,000 to fund a business grant program to assist its hardest hit manufacturers and retail businesses. Additionally, Montpelier was awarded $51,250 to purchase supplies to conduct community-wide COVID-19 testing in Harrison Township. Hartford City received two grants totaling $134,865 to provide testing and hand sanitizer to first responders and funds to the Community Health Services food pantry to establish a delivery service.

According to Vermilion, 62 communities received funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.

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. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,

Grant and Wells counties.

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