Our COVID-19 Business Resources page is designed to give you the information you need. Review the links for more information on local, state, and federal grant programs as well as how to get your workplace prepared as you head back to work.
Finding What You're Looking for
The Indiana Small Business Development Center has advisors located throughout the state who are ready to provide no-cost consulting and advising to help your business recover from COVID-19.
Emergency Relief Grant Program Guidelines
The Brownsburg Town Council approved a grant program on April 30 that will provide local small businesses an injection of funds to help ready their sites as owners prepare to reopen for business. The grant application period opens today. "We wanted to provide short-term, proactive help to our local economy during this unsettling time," said Town Council President Travis Tschaenn. "Brownsburg has a thriving business community. Council members want our town to continue to be a place where businesses feel supported."
Business owners with 20 or fewer full-time employees can apply for up to $1,000 in grant funding to be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), to sanitize public spaces, or whatever they see fit to best meet the needs of their employees and customers in feeling protected from the coronavirus in their facilities. "We couldn't think of a better use for our Economic Development Income Tax dollars than to support the small businesses that help to make our community a place we all call home," said Town Manager Jeff Eder.
Among the criteria businesses must meet to qualify for the grant are:
- Be a for-profit organization
- Be located within the Town of Brownsburg
- Employ 20 or fewer employees/FTEs
- Have owner support for the grant application
The full criteria are outlined in the grant application. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the $30,000 allocated to the program runs out.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts become available.
CARES Act Funding Help During COVID-19
Learn more about if you qualify for the Workforce Ready Grant and the Employer Training Grant and how to apply.
Rent Assistance Available Thanks to CARES Act
On June 25, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the creation of the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which will use $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to help Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact of COVID-19.
Indiana Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace is Live
If you own a small business employing up to 150 staff members and you need PPE that you haven't been able to find and purchase on your own.
State Offers Grant Money to Small Businesses
Attention small business owners! The deadline to apply for funds through the Indiana Small Business Restart Grant program has been extended to December 1. While businesses that had received federal funding to deal with the impact of COVID-19 had previously been ineligible to receive state funding, that requirement has changed. The Indiana Economic Development Corp says the goal is to both increases the number of small businesses using the program and the amount of assistance they could receive. Business owners can use the grants to pay for qualified business expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, lease payments for real or personal property, and safety investments incurred in the additional months of October and November of 2020.
To qualify for funding, businesses must be registered to operate in Indiana, have had less than 50 employees as of December 31, 2019, and brought in less than $5 million in revenue in 2019. The businesses must have been profitable in 2019 and must demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-pandemic revenues. The grant was established with $31 million made available through the CARES Act. At least $5 million is being reserved for certified minority-owned and women-owned businesses. For more information, contact the IEDC at 800-463-8081.
COVID-19 Affected Business & Employee Resource Guide
The resources contained within this document are a culmination of state and federal efforts to combat the economic crisis created by the public health battle being waged against the novel coronavirus. For help on any issues related to COVID-19 please email Senator Mike Braun's office.
What Small Businesses Need to Know about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
With a massive $2 trillion allocated for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments, the CARES Act have been designed to distribute capital quickly and broadly. There are a number of provisions that impact small businesses. View a breakdown of what you need to know.