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    Round 2 applications are due Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

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Welcome

Vision

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.

Mission 

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.

How to contact our office

One North Capitol, Suite 600 Indianapolis, IN 46204-2027
Phone: (317) 233-3762 | Toll Free: 800-824-2476 | Fax: (317) 233-3597
info@ocra.in.gov

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News & Events

On Feb. 11, 2021, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced 11 communities that have partnered with non-profits will receive more than $1.63 million in federal funding through the new Community Connections for People with Disabilities grant program. The CCPWD grant opportunity is offered through the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, in partnership with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The CCPWD grant opportunity is a Community Development Block Grant made available due to supplemental CDBG Coronavirus funds authorized under the CARES Act. Click to learn more about this program.

In April 2020, OCRA announced a new partnership with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Ohio State University, US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development and Indiana Economic Development Corporation, to launch the Hometown Business Preservation Initiative. Learn more about this program by clicking here.

In March 2020, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as chair of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, announced a new grant program that will give Main Street communities the opportunity to preserve locations that highlight women’s history across Indiana. Preserving Women’s Legacy Grants will support historic preservation work, public art and other projects that commemorate Indiana women’s history and promote visits to Main Street communities. These projects will provide a lasting legacy of the state’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Learn more at IndianaSuffrage100.org. Projects were announced on August 26, 2020.

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