Ripley County has received a $250,000 grant from the Hometown Business Preservation Initiative and OCRA. The Ripley County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force will be responsible for receiving and reviewing the applications. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support for the betterment of the people and businesses of Ripley County who have had a negative financial impact by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will be awarded in sums of up to $10,000 and there will be no repayment for these funds.

To check for eligibility and requirements, Grant Guidelines and Applications are available through the Ripley County Economic Development website at or an application packet can be picked up at the following locations:

Welcome Center                                                                  
220 E US 50                                                                           
Versailles, IN 47042

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
301 Shopping Village
Batesville, IN  47006

Batesville Memorial Building
132 S Main Street
Batesville, IN  47006

The application process will be from October 1, 2020 through October 16, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the panel and notification will be sent to the applicant after a decision has been made. Applications must be postmarked by October 16, 2020 and will need to be returned to:

Ripley County Economic Development
P.O. Box 576
Versailles, Indiana 47042

For questions, please contact Gary Norman, Ripley County Economic Development Executive Director, at (812) 689-4344 or at The Ripley County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force is pleased to serve the members of Ripley County and assist with the financial impact of COVID-19.