Community Support Resources for Northwest Indiana

Below we hope you find these resources helpful for your business or family. Should you know of other resources missing from this list, please let us know so we can share them with our community partners—email

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Keep Your Business Up and Running

Indiana Small Business Restart Grant
Small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements can apply for reimbursement for qualified business expenses incurred between March 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021. Reimbursements for costs may be awarded up to $10,000 for each month during that period. However, reimbursements may not exceed $50,000 over a 12-month period.

The program may give preference to Hoosier small businesses in the hospitality industry, but all eligible businesses are encouraged to apply.  Businesses that have already received Small Business Restart Grants, but have not reached the maximum reimbursements noted above, may re-apply during this expanded program.

The deadline for applying is December 31, 2021. Learn more here.

House Bill 1002
The South Shore CVA, through its membership and representation with the Northwest Indiana Forum, is supporting House Bill 1002 (Civil Immunity Related to COVID-19). Working on behalf of the industry, we believe that employer liability protections are necessary for employers who have followed health guidelines to feel the protection from the state in order to open and remain open. View the letter of support here.


Small business resources

Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)
Northwest Indiana SBDC Website
Employer Services in Northwest Indiana from Work One Northwest Indiana

Resources based on industry

Restaurant and Lodging Support from Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association
Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource & Response Center
For hotels, find the latest COVID-19 information and resources at American Hotel and Lodging Association

Assistance for individuals

Utility Support and Flexible Payment Plans from NIPSCO
Food Support from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Jobseeker Services in Northwest Indiana from Work One Northwest Indiana
Crown Point Library offers free Wi-Fi in the municipal parking lot between the CP Library and City Hall. Connect to "CPCL Outdoor", no password is required.

Learn more about filing for unemployment
Department of Workforce Development COVID-19 Information
File for Unemployment
View the video on how to file for unemployment in Indiana
Watch the video on how to file for unemployment - addressing COVID-19

Northwest Indiana Jobs on
Aldi positions in Indiana
Indiana Career Connect from Work One


Partners helping people

If hearing some positive news stories would help you, we've also put together a page on how local businesses are making a difference in this difficult time.