Madison, IN Sunny intervals 75°
Listen Live

MMSP Award More Than $17 Thousand To Downtown Businesses

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 1:25pm

By Madison Main Street Program, news release

The grants were from Main Street’s new Business Resiliency Fund, established this spring as a direct response to the pandemic.

File Photo

(Madison, Ind.) - Madison Main Street awarded grants totaling $17,225 to assist 39 different downtown businesses with rent and mortgage payments in May and June, according to Austin Sims, Main Street executive director. The grants were from Main Street’s new Business Resiliency Fund, established this spring as a direct response to the pandemic.

“Most of our businesses have been forced to adapt to new business models,” said Valecia Crisafulli, board president. “We hope these grants helped them make this unexpected pivot.” Crisafulli credit- ed the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County for providing seed money for the fund, along with the City of Madison and the Duke Energy Foundation, and many additional businesses and individual donors.

The Business Resiliency Fund will become a permanent fund with Madison Main Street, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Sims said, to allow the organization to respond to other unexpected emergencies beyond the pandemic, such as fire, flooding, tornados, and other disasters. Main Street will solicit donations annually to support the fund.

Madison was one of the first three original Main Street pilot communities in the United States in 1977. Madison Main Street is designated by Indiana Main Street as a nationally accredited community in the Main Street America program.

The local organization spearheads many projects that assist businesses and bring people downtown, including Music in the Park, Girls’ Weekend, and the Main Street Loft Tour. For more information, call or e-mail Austin Sims, executive director, 812-274-0195, madisonmainstreetprogram@gmail.com.

More from Local News

Events

  • Free Covid 19 testing

    FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITE The City of Madison is offering COVID-19 testing at the Senior Center beginning July 21st. This site will provide testing for up to 132 individuals per day free of charge without an appointment, symptoms, insurance, or a doctor’s note. Details The testing will be held at the Senior Center located at 208 N. Main St. The site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until at least mid-August. However, the site will close each day from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide staff with meal breaks. The testing site is managed by OptumServe and follows all CDC and State of Indiana COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore, only two individuals will be permitted in the building for testing at a time. While walk-ins are accepted, residents are encouraged to register for testing online. LHI.Care/covidtesting is the preferred method for registering and requesting appointments. It is available 24/7. The Call Center is only available during the test site hours of operation for select residents that do not have internet access. The phone number is 888-634-1116. Appointments are encouraged; patients arriving at the event site without a scheduled appointment will be registered by event staff upon arrival at the facility.

    at Madison Senior Center
  • United Way Kick Off Event

    Bicentennial Park Noon-1pm 5-6pm 1950s Cook-out. Hamburger or Hot Dog meal - $5. Includes a drink and chips. Individual items $2 each Drive up and place your order or for faster service, call ahead to 812-265-2036 RSVPs appreciated but not necessary.

    at Bicentennial Park
  • United Way Kick Off Event

    Bicentennial Park Noon-1pm 5-6pm 1950s Cook-out. Hamburger or Hot Dog meal - $5. Includes a drink and chips. Individual items $2 each Drive up and place your order or for faster service, call ahead to 812-265-2036 RSVPs appreciated but not necessary.

    at Bicentennial Park

Local News

Early Voting Beings On October 6 In Ripley County

If you would like to make your voice heard in this year's general election you have until October 5 to register.

Trimble Co. FRYSC Christmas Assistance Program Applications Now Open

Gift pickup will be taking place on December 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Trimble County Board of Education.

Indiana DNR: Youth Deer Season Happens Sept. 26-27

The youth’s adult partner must also possess a valid hunting license.

Local Sports

ORVC Weekly Report

Individual awards listed as well.

Area Sports Results From Tuesday, September 22nd

Email scores to news@953wiki.com or production@953wiki.com.

Area Sports Results From Monday, September 21st

Email scores to news@953wiki.com or production@953wiki.com.