Ziemke: Fayette County receives $250K in COVID-19 response funding

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

STATEHOUSE (May 4, 2020) – Fayette County recently received $250,000 in coronavirus relief to support local workers and businesses, according to State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

"Businesses in our rural communities have especially been hit hard, and it's critical we do what we can to help them and the families they support," Ziemke said. "These funds will help boost Fayette County's employers to keep workers on the payroll and make adjustments to continue operating as Indiana's economy gets back on track."

The $250,000 will provide funds for a business grant-making program to assist Fayette County's hardest-hit manufacturers and retail businesses. The goal is to provide businesses with short-term working capital to continue operations, reopen businesses, restore inventory or pay for technology for remote working. According to Ziemke, 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.

Visit in.gov/ocra for more information.

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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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