Statewide— Thursday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that an additional 49 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program. Last week, Lt. Governor Crouch announced the first 13 recipients of the COVID-19 Response Program who received more than $1.96 million in funding including the City of Greensburg who received $250,000. The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is continuing to develop a long term response program. More information will be available in the coming weeks.Projects being funded in Southeastern Indiana include:Union County being awarded $10,000 to purchase equipment and install internet “hot spots” around the county courthouse in the Town of Liberty as well as it was awarded $71,750 to provide COVID-19 testing and purchase PPE items for emergency response personnel.The City of Richmond was awarded $250,000 to create a grant program for Center City District businesses that show the utmost need due to COVID-19 and who are at risk of low-to-moderate income (LMI) income job losses.The Town of Edinburgh was awarded $240,000 to provide grants to small businesses to retain LMI employees and assist with working capital.Fayette County was awarded $250,000 to provide funds for a business grant-making program to assist its hardest hit manufacturers and retail businesses. The goal is to provide businesses with short-term working capital to continue operations, reopen businesses, restock inventory, or pay for technology for remote working.The City of Rushville was awarded $250,000 to help fund its existing revolving loan fund to help local small businesses and create an expedited distribution system.