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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with Indiana communities to build relevant and economically thriving places where people want to live, work and grow.

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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. 

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Indiana has 156 Opportunity Zones and 46 are located in rural areas. OCRA and PCRD recently launched the Rural Opportunity Zone Initiative to build the capacity of Opportunity Zones in rural Indiana and to attract private, public and/or philanthropic sector investments that support locally-driven priorities. If you are located within one of the 46 rural communities, you are eligible to apply for this program. Visit this page to learn more and to apply by July 31, 2019.

The Historic Renovation Grant Program is open to for applications and will be accepted until all funding is awarded. During the 2019 legislative session the Indiana General Assembly passed three enhancements to the program. Check out the HRGP page for more information. 

Have you heard about OCRA’s new Peer program? Partnered communities will gather best practices and tools to help achieve their community’s vision. Community development and quality of place programming will be the focus. Apply to be a mentor or host community by Aug. 16. For more information and to apply, click here.

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