Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
10/01/21 4:00 PM ET
Grants to Indiana communities to improve capacity and infrastructure for the benefit of local residents. Funded projects include assistance necessitated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to enhance connectivity services, promote community wellness, improve environment and community infrastructure, and boost the local economy.
The Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program supports communities directly by building capacity, creating a peer network system between communities participating in the program, developing a strategic investment plan and providing access to set-aside funding. Through HELP, OCRA and its partners will employ community engagement, prior planning efforts, and asset building strategies to reengage communities in preparing for the future while building local leadership capacity. The program will amplify the impact of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, or CLFRF, of which $1.28 billion has been allocated directly to Indiana communities through the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA.
The HELP process and implementation of the resultant Strategic Investment Plan ultimately seeks to build long-term capacity, develop attainable projects and leave a legacy in the community.
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GrantWatch ID#: 198028
In total, this program will assist 12 communities/regions (no more than 4 communities or regions in each of the 3 cohort groups).
OCRA will be providing $20,000 to each selected community to fund the position of community coordinator in the first year.
HELP is a 52-week process, with implementation ongoing until December 2026.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
HELP Program Director
For a list of Community Liaisons, see https://www.in.gov/ocra/newsroom/community-liaisons/.
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