Pike County, IN — The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Pike County Commissioners has been awarded $250,000 from Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Response Program. This relief funding will be used to offer individual grants to our local businesses up to $10,000 to a minimum of 25 small businesses within Pike County to retain low-to-moderate income jobs. This assistance is to alleviate some of the hardships caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Application requirement information will be sent out at a later date. Businesses awarded this taxable grant will not be required to pay back the relief assistance.

In July of 2020, Pike County was awarded $60,000 from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) from Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Response Program. These funds were granted to approved to 12 local businesses to retain their employees last year.

“The pandemic has hurt many of our small businesses and it is vital for Pike County to do all we can to help support our local businesses.” The Executive Director of Pike County EDC, Ashley Willis said, “this application was very competitive and Pike County is privileged to have been one of the awarded communities in the state. We will be able to retain many more employees than we could the first round, as this award is more than four times the allocation from Phase 1 and impact will be much greater for our community.”

More detailed application information will be coming soon. For more information, please contact Pike County Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director Ashley Willis at pikegrowth@pikeco.org or 812-354-2271.