Communities eligible for pandemic relief funds

Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as several local communities, are eligible for more than $2.2 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses through the federal stimulus package, according to State Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg.

Indiana allocated $300 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act to counties and communities for reimbursement of expenditures related to the pandemic. 

Rising Sun is eligible for $69,559, he said.

Ohio County can receive $189,601, and Switzerland County is eligible for $347,700 in reimbursement funding. 

The funding, allocated based on population, cannot be used to replace lost tax revenue, Frye said.

“Just like many families and local businesses have seen their budgets take a hit from this public health crisis, so too have many of our local governments,” Frye said. 

“Some of their budgets could not have prepared for the significant spending taking place to help stop the spread of this disease and thankfully, they can recoup some of these unexpected costs.”

In addition, these local communities are eligible to receive the following amounts:

■Patriot $6,650;

■Vevay $53,564.

The Indiana Finance Authority is in charge of implementing guidelines on how each county, city and town can use the funding, as well as compiling reimbursement requests through accepted documentation including invoices. Visit in.gov/ifa for more information.