Grants help businesses during COVID-19 crisis

Duke Energy Foundation recently funded $200,000 in grants to Indiana economic development organizations offering crisis relief to small businesses.

The businesses range from a city of Madison program offering its downtown businesses rent support to Brownstown Quality Tool and Automation that committed to retaining and paying its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana economic development groups and other entities such as municipalities will receive $5,000 grants and will then identify businesses in need of the funds.

The grants are in addition to $100,000 the Duke Energy Foundation awarded early in the crisis to help food banks and other community action groups across Indiana address hunger and other urgent needs.

The foundation also recently announced $382,000 in grants to support K-12 programs in the state focused on summer reading programs, STEM and experiential learning.