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Indiana Expands Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

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Indiana is expanding a small business COVID-19 relief program after it struggled to get many Hoosier businesses to apply.

The Small Business Restart Grant program uses $30 million from the federal CARES Act. But, since June, the state only sent about $1 million out.

That’s in part because small businesses who received other federal COVID-19 relief funding were ineligible for the state’s grants. New changes to the program removed that barrier – businesses that accessed federal support like the Paycheck Protection Program can also get Restart grants.

The program, which was set to end Sept. 30, will also now run through November 1 for Marion County businesses and Dec. 1 for all other counties.

Businesses of less than 50 employees and with 2019 revenue of less than $5 million are eligible. They must also show monthly losses of at least 40 percent compared to pre-COVID revenues.

Small businesses can find more details and apply on the state's Back On Track website.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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