Morgan County COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Application Window Extended

Morgan County, IN – As previously announced, the Morgan County Commissioners are pleased to help struggling local businesses after recently being awarded a $250,000 Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant that will fund a grant program for small businesses that have been affected negatively by the COVID-19 virus.

The COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Indiana’s rural communities. Guidance was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on how the funds were to be used. On April 30th, Lt. Governor Crouch and the Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced  a second round of funding for COVID-19 relief, naming 49 additional rural communities that will receive a total of more than $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program.

As one of the recipients, Morgan County has followed OCRA guidelines in establishing a process to award grants ranging in amounts from $2,000 to $15,000, with the amount being dependent on the size of the company, among other criteria.

An online application, along with eligibility criteria, is available at http://morgancounty.in.gov/covid-19-grant-application/. Awards will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis with an extended deadline for application of July 1, 2020.


Morgan County, IN – The Morgan County Commissioners are pleased to be able to help struggling Morgan County businesses after recently being awarded a $250,000 OCRA grant that will fund a grant program for small businesses that have been affected negatively by the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time of a global pandemic, Governor Eric Holcomb’s has directed multiple state agencies to provide additional support and protection for Hoosiers. The Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA), lead by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, was able to redirect funds from the State’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation to the new COVID-19 Response Program.

The COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Indiana’s rural communities. Guidance was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on how the funds were to be used. On April 30th, Lt. Governor Crouch and the Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced  a second round of funding for COVID-19 relief, naming 49 additional rural communities that will receive a total of more than $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program. As one of the recipients, Morgan County has followed OCRA guidelines in establishing a process to award grants ranging in amounts from $2,000 to $15,000, with the amount being dependent on the size of the company, among other criteria.

County business leaders have been asked to serve on the local review committee that will approve applications before sending them on to OCRA officials for their confirmation. “Morgan County is home to so many unique and important small businesses. And it is these small businesses that are often impacted the most in times of crisis,” said County Commissioner Ryan Goodwin. Goodwin went on to add that “thanks to the support of Lt. Governor Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, we will be able to – at no cost to county taxpayers – provide needed relief to our small business community.”

An online application, along with eligibility criteria, is available at http://morgancounty.in.gov/covid-19-grant-application/. Awards will be made on a first come-first serve basis with an initial deadline of June 15th, 2020. Applications will be reviewed within a week locally and forwarded to OCRA so that winners can be notified as soon as possible. If funds remain, a second application window will be initiated. The Morgan County community is grateful to Governor Holcomb, Lt. Governor Crouch, and their administration for their efforts and support of the small businesses that are so vital to our economy.