In the wake of the COVID-19 economic shut-down for many small business owners, the Jennings County Economic Development Commission (JCEDC) saw an opportunity to provide relief and response through the Duke Energy Foundation, who awarded over $200,000 to support Hoosier businesses across the state. Through teamwork with Jennings County Community Foundation and rapid response of JCCF Director Joanie Van Horn to submit the necessary paperwork, the JCEDC received $5000 to offer one local business in need of financial assistance.
JCEDC Director Kathy Ertel, in partnership with JCCF, is pleased to announce the Jennings County Small Business COVID-19 Relief & Assistance Grant, which awards one $5000 grant to a Jennings County business for rent/mortgage support, health & safety expense assistance, or the purchase of new technologies for ongoing business operations. Eligible businesses must be served by Duke Energy, registered for business in Jennings County, and successfully in operation for at least 1 year prior to the health emergency declared by Governor Holcomb on March 6, 2020.
Applications for the COVID-19 Relief & Assistance Grant may be submitted beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 8:00am. Businesses interested in applying can find the application via the button below or through Facebook. Additionally, requests for a hard-copy application can be emailed to the JCEDC office, email@example.com or by calling 812-346-2388. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 24 at 11:59pm.
Ertel expresses her gratitude for the philanthropic support of the Duke Energy Foundation, whose mission is to empower the lives of customers and support the economic vitality of communities. “We truly appreciate Duke Energy’s continued efforts to support small business in rural communities during this unprecedented time. Duke Energy has been a tremendous partner in Economic Development here in Jennings County and this grant is very much appreciated.” Van Horn shares a similar sentiment: “The Jennings County Community Foundation is proud to be a small part with the EDC in helping bring these funds to Jennings
County. Duke Energy Foundation has continually stepped up to help the community, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to use these funds to help a small business partner.”