Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation & Dearborn County Distribute $275,000 in OCRA Funded Grants to Support Local Businesses Hit By Pandemic
Lawrenceburg September 21, 2021:
All funds in a $275,000 Grant Fund to support Dearborn businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed to 24 local businesses by the Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation (SICF).
The fund, which was applied for by the SICF on behalf of Dearborn County was established using a grant from Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Any Dearborn County business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was eligible to apply.
The $250,000 grant from OCRA was supplemented by matching funds from Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, One Dearborn, the Civista Charitable Foundation and the Southeast Indiana Port Authority which pushed the total fund to $275,000.
“This program was the result of hard work from the Dearborn County commissioners, multiple local non-profit and government organizations and a dedicated grant committee” said Eric Kranz, executive director of the SICF. “We received requests for $800,000 and the committee focused on need and overall impact when making tough decisions on fund allocations. 100% of the $275,000 was distributed to deserving businesses here in Dearborn County.”
The Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable sister organization of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce. The SICF, along with community partners, will continue to seek opportunities to help local businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The 24 companies that received a grant, in no particular order:
Flex Audiology, Little Red Academy, Savor the Flavor, Hidden Valley Golf Club, Plug’s Sweet Tooth, Physique Boutique, MNP Grocery, Greendale Cinema, C&L Enterprises, Walker Trucking, Genesis Transportation, Gold Shield Worldwide, Roy Rents, Simply Lashes, Karen Shields – State Farm, Route 262 Country Store, Lawrence Motorsports, History In Your Backyard, Parlour on the Avenue, Top Quality Building Products, BrainBKT Graphics, Willies Sports Café, Beacon News, Trinity Dry Cleaners.