Grants geared for businesses in a pinch
One Dearborn, a local economic development organization, and the Southeastern Indiana Chamber Foundation are recipients of $5,000 grants from the Duke Energy Foundation.
The Foundation is funding $200,000 to Indiana economic development organizations offering crisis relief to small Indiana businesses.
“These are challenging times, and the COVID-19 crisis has been particularly difficult for small companies,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar.
“These grants will support those businesses that are the backbone of the Hoosier communities we serve statewide.”
Indiana economic development groups, municipalities and other organizations will receive $5,000 grants, and then identify businesses in need.
“One Dearborn and the Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation will be putting all these grant funds to use in Dearborn County in a direct, focused way to help the businesses who need a hand the most,” said Mike Perleberg, director of marketing and community projects for One Dearborn.
The Foundation early in the crisis awarded $100,000 in grants to help food banks and other community action groups throughout Indiana address hunger and other urgent needs.
The Foundation also recently announced $382,000 in grants to support Indiana K-12 programs focused on summer reading, STEM, and experiential learning.
The Foundation is giving the schools and other groups flexibility to reallocate funds during the pandemic.