COVID-19 Resources

In order to assist you with your business and workforce needs during the COVID-19 response we’ve created this resource page. We will update the resources on this page as new information becomes available. Please check back periodically for updates.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information

Resources for the acquisition of personal protective equipment for businesses and organizations to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Marketplace is closed and is no longer accepting applications. Wayne County PPE Marketplace – Provides Wayne County small businesses and nonprofits with PPE supplies so they can safely stay open or reopen.
  • Indiana PPE Directory – The Indiana PPE Directory features Indiana companies that manufacture and distribute a variety of PPE items available for purchase. The directory replaces the Small Business PPE Marketplace originally created by the state to provide small businesses with PPE supplies.

Business Information

Information regarding programs and funding assistance to help employers being impacted by COVID-19.

  • Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Program -The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) will be accepting grant applications beginning Thursday, October 22nd. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 are available to support brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts as they enter the next phase of reopening across the country. The grant will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. A PDF version of the grant application is available until applications are accepted  on October 22nd beginning at 9:00 a.m. PT on OCRA’S website. 
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Small Business Grants for Outstanding Debts, Payroll, Rent, etc. – Grant opportunity from LISC for small businesses located in communities with a population of 50,000 or less. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $20,000. Businesses that have sustained losses, layoffs, etc. during COVID-19 will be prioritized. Funds can be used for payables such as rent and utilities, payroll (including the applicant), outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs. Each funding round has a different start and end date – check the website for deadlines.
  • Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. Wayne County COVID-19 Small Business Loan Program: Round Two – The Wayne County Economic Development Revolving Loan Board is re-purposing a portion of its revolving loan funds to be able to offer loans to small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With additional support from the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Wayne County Government, City of Richmond and a group of private investors that make up the Economic Growth Group, we have pooled $900,000 to loan to small businesses located in Wayne County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. After two funding rounds, the program has assisted 32 small businesses by providing loans totaling $746,000.
  • Deadline has passed for submitting applications. Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) Arts, Cultural & Marketing Organizations Support Grant – The goal of this grant program is to assist with the preservation of entities involved in Indiana’s tourism efforts who need assistance due to COVID-19. Applications are due Tuesday, September 8th by 4:00 p.m.
  • Manufacturing Readiness Grant Program – This grant program is now accepting applications for up to $200,000 in matching grants for companies committed to increasing their competitiveness by integrating smart technologies and processes in order to improve capacity, capability, speed and quality. Funding may also be utilized for health care manufacturing technology, providing financial assistance to manufacturers supporting COVID-19 response efforts. This grant program is being offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Conexus Indiana.
  • Small Business Restart Grant Program – Small businesses who meet the eligibility requirements can be awarded up to $2,500 to $5,000 for each month in which the business demonstrates a revenue loss of at least 40% or at least 80% respectively with grants issued up $10,000 per company. Applications open June 3rd.
  • Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. COVID-19 Response Program from the City of Richmond and Center City Development Corporation – Grant applications being accepted from businesses located in the Main Street business district of Richmond. Businesses must have employees beyond the business owner and have not received Payroll Protection funding from the federal government.
  • Deadline has passed for submitting applications. Paycheck Protection Program – Information regarding the paycheck protection loan program. This is a forgivable loan available for small businesses to temporarily cover costs associated with payroll, utilities, and mortgage/rent payments. Find revised Full PPP Loan Forgiveness application instructions here. Find the revised Full PPP Loan Forgiveness application here. Find the EZ Loan Forgiveness application instructions here. Find the EZ Loan Forgiveness application here.
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funding Application – Apply for SBA funding for assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SBA 7(a), 504 and Microloans – The SBA works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses.
  • SBA Debt Relief – The SBA can provide financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans – Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • SBA Resource Partner Network – The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.
  • Tax Relief Information from the Internal Revenue Service – Get information on COVID-19 tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.
  • Information on the SBA Economic Disaster Loan Funding Assistance – Indiana has been designated to receive funding for these disaster assistance loans. The loans provide support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.
  • Instructions on Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funding – Information on how to fill out the applications for this disaster loan program.  (Please know the SBA website for submitting the loan application is experiencing a high rate of user volume. Some have lost their information as they attempted to enter it online. It is being recommended that you print out the application and fill it out by hand first, then enter the information into the online application.)

If you have any questions about small business assistance programs currently available, please contact Wayne County’s Indiana Small Business Development Center Advisor, Scott Underwood at 765-686-1041 or sunderwood@isbdc.org.

Re-Opening Guidelines for Employers

Workforce Information

Information and resources for employees who are being impacted by COVID-19.

State Information

Stay up-to-date on information from Governor Eric Holcomb, state legislature, and state departments as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

  • Back-on-Track Indiana – Website with details on the state’s five-phase plan to get “back on track” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Executive Orders from Governor Eric Holcomb – Executive orders from Governor Holcomb as officials and state departments respond to the challenges caused by COVID-19. Includes Stay at Home orders as well as many other important executive orders issued to respond to the challenges for businesses and residents caused by the pandemic.
  • State News Releases – Information regarding scheduled news conferences as well as the information provided in news conferences and additional information as the pandemic situation evolves.
  • The state has established a Critical Industries Hotline to provide guidance and assistance for businesses and industries concerning Governor Holcomb’s executive order. Call the hotline at 877-820-0890 or email at covidresponse@iedc.in.gov
  • Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 Webpage – Information and updates from the state health department regarding COVID-19 along with a map of the state with data including the number of identified cases and deaths from COVID-19.

Richmond – Wayne County Information

Stay up-to-date on local information from the City of Richmond and Wayne County Government in response to COVID-19.

Below is a map of operating businesses in Wayne County providing access to food, including restaurants, grocers, food pantries, and other establishments along with their hours of operation.

 

Additional Resources

Resource guides and additional information regarding the COVID-19 response.