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  OCRA introduces more COVID scholarship holders - WISH-TV |  Indianapolis News |  Indiana weather

by: Alex Brown, Inside INdiana Business

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 / 5:04 PM EST / Updated: April 19, 2021 / 5:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has announced the recipients of nearly $ 19 million federal funding under its COVID-19 Response Grant program. The funds will be distributed to 80 Hoosier communities for a variety of uses including mental health services, childcare and public WiFi locations.

The grants come from Indiana’s CARES Act funding allocation. Local governments could apply for assistance of up to $ 250,000.

The OCRA says the funds can also be used for pantries or banking services, subsidy programs, or grants or loans to businesses to help maintain low-to-middle-income jobs.

“Based on additional research and community feedback, OCRA was able to open this round to communities of all sizes and expand eligible activities,” said Denny Spinner, Executive Director of OCRA. “With an emphasis on helping small businesses, expanding food bank and pantry services, and providing basic mental health services, these grants will have an impact on hoosiers and communities on the path to recovery.”

The funding is on top of the nearly $ 21 million given to 96 parishes last year. You can view the new recipient list by clicking here.