COVID-19 Resources

Check back here as additional information resources are being added regularly. If you need any assistance or have questions, please reach out to our office!

Crawford County Rapid Relief Fund

The Rapid Relief Fund is an emergency loan fund for Crawford County businesses to help you survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis.

The COVID-19 Rapid Loan Fund is a funding partnership with Crawford County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and Radius Indiana. The CCEDC funds are leveraged with the Radius Indiana funds.

Businesses can request up to $5,000 in funding.

Funding will be distributed on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. As funds are limited, we will select businesses that will be the most impacted by funding.

To learn more, or apply for this relief fund, click here. 

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Response Initiative

The Community Foundation of Crawford County has established a specific emergency fund, dedicated to meeting the most critical needs, of those impacted. This grant is purposed and specific to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who are working with the most vulnerable populations in our community – to address the most immediate needs.

To learn more, or apply for this grant, click here

Workforce Training Funds for Hoosiers

On June 5th Governor Holcomb launched a $50 million workforce initiative called Rapid Recovery for a Better Future.

For employers, this initiative expands the NextLevel Jobs Employer Training Grant to serve 25,000 more Hoosiers, and doubles the amount of reimbursable training funds to employers.

Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership has helped many manufacturers utilize the Employer Training Grant and is happy to begin a discussion about how your organization may be able to use the expanded program. To learn more, contact Ranae Stewart at ranaestewart@purdue.edu.

 

Small Business Restart Fund

Eligibility requirements:

  • Business must be registered to operate in Indiana
  • Business must have had less than 50 employees at of 12/31/2019
  • Business must have had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
  • Business must have been profitable in 2019
  • Businesses must demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues
  • Business must not have used funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements can be awarded up to $2,500 or up to $5,000 for each month in which the business demonstrates a revenue loss of at least 40 percent or of at least 80 percent, respectively, with grants issued up to $10,000 per company. Of the $30 million allocated to the fund, at least $5 million will be reserved for certified minority- and women-owned businesses.  LEARN MORE

6/3/2020: Applications open
9/30/2020: Applications close

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LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)

WHAT IS ENERGY ASSISTANCE?

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) can help you pay your heat and electric bills!  EAP is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Energy assistance is a one-time benefit that can assist you with with the high cost of home energy and can help if you are about to get disconnected. However, an EAP benefit won’t cover all of your heating and electrics costs, so you should continue to pay your bills regularly.  

Deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.  Click here for more information.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR EAP?

If you are about to be disconnected or are already disconnected, you are advised to contact your local service provider for an appointment rather than applying online.

Crawford County Lincoln Hills Development Corporation

508 W 5th Street English IN 47118.

Telephone: 812-338-2350 Fax: 812-338-2633     Website

Apply Online

Guidance Plan to re-open Indiana

BackOnTrack.in.gov

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19 

The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

Important Notice From Region 8 WorkOne & DWD

If your company is planning a mass layoff, it would assist the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) if you could provide employee-specific information.  This will assist DWD in processing unemployment insurance (UI) claims more quickly for your impacted staff.  The information requested is: Full Name of Employee, Employee SSN, Last Day Worked, Amount of deductible income paid to claimant upon layoff (vacation, sick, PTO, etc).  A spreadsheet to report employee layoff information is available at https://www.in.gov/dwd/4011.htm.

Also, note that you will receive many notices from DWD about those employee separations; please respond to those notices that you deem necessary.  A DWD claims investigator will contact you directly if they have any questions.  Please return the completed spreadsheet to: Employverification@dwd.IN.gov.  

Please share with your employees that unemployment insurance must be filed online, using a computer, tablet or smartphone.  Online filing information can be found at www.Unemployment.IN.gov.  Individuals should review the Frequently Asked Questions, the Claimant Handbook and/or the online video tutorials on this page.

We are asking all employers that if you have the means to assist your employees by allowing them to file for UI from your business, please assist as you can.  Any assistance you can provide in getting these important benefits to your employees while preventing the spread of this disease is greatly appreciated.

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Response Information

Below are additional resources from the Small Business Administration to help guide businesses through this unprecedented time:

Additional Business Resources

COVID – 19 Legislation