COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program Application

Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) and Brown County Board of Commissioners have received federal grant funding of $250,000 from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) from their COVID-19 Response Program.  BCCF’s COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program is for small businesses, particularly those businesses in highly impacted sectors including: food and beverage, personal care, professional services, and retail sectors. This program is for businesses that are retaining low-to-moderate (LMI) income jobs. Funds can be used as short-term working capital as businesses begin to reopen/resume operations, or support remote work.

Grant funds will need to be expended within a three-month period. Businesses will be awarded grant amounts based on their employee count with a maximum award of $10,000. Final grant award amounts will be determined by the BCCF Board of Trustees and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis upon approval of the completed application.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants Must Satisfy All of the Following:

  • Employed 25 or fewer Full Time Employees (FTE’s) prior to COVID-19 crisis (March 1st, 2020)
  • FTEs are defined as 32 hr./week; receive a W-2; cash and/or 1099 not eligible
  • Businesses need to submit LMI Forms online for each retained employee.
  • Demonstrate the direct correlation of a high-level business disruption and COVID-19; and,
  • Primary office or place of business located within Brown County.

Grant Information

  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Grants awards are focused on business sectors highly impacted by COVID-19
  • Funds must be used as requested within three months of the award.
  • Grants will be awarded until all funds have been dispersed.