GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Ten Greater Lafayette businesses will be benefiting from a $200,000 grant. The Duke Energy Foundation is providing funds for small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $200,000 is being split among 40 economic development organizations across the state of Indiana. $5,000 of it is going to Greater Lafayette Commerce.
The organization is giving $500 to ten business owners who apply for the funds. Andrew Antonio, Greater Lafayette Commerce vice president of Chamber of Quality of Life said they understand that times are tough.
"$500 doesn't seem like a lot but it can be the difference between keeping the lights on for another month or so, depending on the size of your business and depending on how much revenue you've got coming in," said Antonio. "We know that $500 can make a difference in every business."
Antonio said he encourages business owners in need to apply.
"It's really simple, about 12 questions," said Antonio. "We really want as many businesses to apply a possible. Especially those that have been hit hardest like any business that hosts events or restaurant retailers. We really want them to apply."
The application deadline is Jun. 19. You can find the application here.