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. 

Free Classes through USI Lifelong Learning

The University of Southern IN is providing 10 free non-credit classes so you can experience online learning.  Must sign up by June 30th to take advantage. You will have 3 months to complete the self-paced course(s) from the day you register.

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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

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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.

Small Business Economic Injury Relief

We know these are uncertain times. Please know the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) are working to support you and your organization.

President Trump has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from Crawford County so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster.

Small business owners in Indiana are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click here to apply.

A few notes for applicants:

  • It is going to be SLOW. Everyone using the same portal, so each time you enter a query of info, save it. It recently took another company almost 2 hours. But, it can be done.
  • You can refinance debt, so that could be a good thing for you.
  • 4-month repayment relief period, so you don’t have to make payments until 4 months after you are approved for the loan.
  • When you estimate how you have been impacted, usually comes in the form of lost employees or sales, but you may want to see if any payments are delayed from contractors, primes, suppliers. Could make the difference.
  • Also, you will have to estimate the impact for the near future and I would do 6 months of impacted business or perhaps to end of the year if that makes sense.
  • Other than that, 3.75%, up to $2M and up to 30-year terms. All of that is adjustable
  • If anyone needs help with getting financials in place, we can assist. If it has to do with the process of applications, SBA will be the point people.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

The following resources are also available to assist in navigating the loan process and disaster relief:

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

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:

Hotline Open to Help Businesses and Industry with Stay-at-Home Order 

Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.

This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov, is for business and industry questions only.

    Additional Business Resources

    COVID – 19 Legislation