Grants available for non-profits, fire departments, and small business

 The Decatur County Council has partnered with the Decatur County Community Foundation to administer funding given to our county by the federal government. The purpose of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is to deliver direct relief to Americans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Council has budgeted a total of $550,000 for grants. These funds will be distributed among nonprofit organizations, volunteer fire departments, and small businesses in Decatur County. Any organization in one of these three categories that has experienced financial hardship in the past 18 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic is welcome to apply.

Interested parties may apply between August 23 and September 13. Funding decisions will be made later this year by a four-person committee, including Councilwoman Deanna Burkart, Councilman Kenny Hooten, Councilwoman Melanie Nobbe, and County Commissioner Chuck Emsweller. Once awarded funding, recipients will sign a grant agreement and be expected to provide sufficient proof that the funds were used as intended. Decatur County Auditor Janet Chadwell and her staff will administer funding after it is awarded.

The Decatur County Community Foundation is working closely with the Council to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. All grant applications and follow-up assignments will be handled by the Community Foundation.

Deanna Burkart is the Council’s primary point of contact concerning the distribution of ARPA funds. For grant application-related questions, please contact Alex Sefton at the Community Foundation at 812.662.6364.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at The Foundation will also be hosting ARPA Grantwriting Workshops for any nonprofit, volunteer fire department, or small business interested in applying. In these workshops, applicants will walk through the online application process. Workshops will be hosted on August 26, September 2, and September 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Foundation office (101 E. Main St., Greensburg).

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