NE Indiana Communities Receiving Grant Money
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, August 26, 2021

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch (photo courtesy of State of Indiana)

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Three NE Indiana communities are among 12 in the state that will receive federal funding.

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the 12 communities have partnered with non-profits, and will receive over $1.58 million in federal funding through Round 2 of the Community Connections for People with Disabilities grant program.

The City of Angola, in partnership with EasterSeals RISE, was awarded $195,585 to create a virtual Employment Readiness Academy to provide employment skills development to participants. Virtual employment activities will utilize a 35 unit table lending library. The City will also install virtual meeting and videoconferencing technology in City Hall and the Angola Training Center.

Noble County, in partnership with ARC Noble County, is awarded $68,381 to create a new video series titled “Discover Your Path in Our Community”. This allows for virtual exploration of jobs located in Noble County, tailored to individuals with disabilities as the target audience.

The City of Auburn, who also partnered with EasterSeals RISE, is awarded $174,870 to create virtual employment and training programs, utilizing a device lending library of 100 tablets and 100 MiFi devices. Auburn will also establish a virtual Employment Readiness Academy to provide employment skills development to participants and virtual Job Clubs to connect participants to potential employers.

The program aims to help develop innovative technology strategies and cultivate strong community partnerships to address the negative social, economic and health effects of COVID-19 on Hoosiers with disabilities. Additional goals include increasing community and workplace inclusion for this population.

According to Crouch, the State has now awarded 23 grants to Hoosier communities through the program, totaling more than $3.2 million.


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