In partnership, the Brown County Community Foundation and Brown County Board of Commissioners applied and received grant funding in the amount of $250,000 to be used as a COVID-19 Small Business Response Grant Program thanks to a Community Development Block Grant offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
The Brown County Community Foundation may now offer grants to Brown County small businesses, particularly those businesses in high risk categories including, but not limited to: hospitality/tourism, food and beverage, personal care, professional services, and retail sectors. The goal of this program is to retain jobs and we must serve 51% or more jobs that are considered low-to-moderate income (LMI) positions. LMI are incomes at or below 80% of the area median income for Brown County. Grant funds can be used for a combination of working capital, continued operation expenses, and/or to support remote work expenses that are immediate needs. Grant funds will need to be expended within a three month period.
Businesses will be awarded grant amounts based on their employee count with a maximum award of $10,000. Final grant award amounts will be determined by the BCCF Board of Trustees and funds will be issued on a first come, first serve basis for those that meet the grant criteria.