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January 2021 Updates

Hello Wayne County!
We don’t know how you feel, but it feels like January flew by! That’s a good thing though because work is happening. Here are some January highlights. Our newsletter focuses on our two main pillars: Our People and Our Community. Please share with your family, friends, and colleagues. And encourage them to sign up.


Forward Wayne County Launching NICE! Program

We are excited to announce the launch of our Neighborhood Involvement and Community Engagement (NICE!) virtual series. This program will provide residents and community organizations with the tools, resources, and steps for enacting community development through encouraging residents to become co-producers of their community’s well-being. Registration is now open to join the 6-part webinar series. With limited space and only 2 workshop series scheduled for this spring, space will fill up quickly. Check out our NICE! Overview page for all the details and complete the application to join today.

Local Restaurant Help
The City of Richmond, Wayne County Government, Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, and the Economic Growth Group have partnered to offer emergency commercial assistance to locally owned restaurants located in Wayne County who are experiencing financial difficulties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This program will provide up to $1000 per month in commercial rent, mortgage, or utility assistance for up to a maximum of $3,000 per business. Learn more here.
CreatINg Places
CreatINg Places is a collaborative effort between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Patronicity. As a place-based crowd granting program, CreatINg Places empowers the public - residents, businesses and community organizations - to play a role in achieving community improvements and building community pride.

Heritage Support Grants
The Indiana Historical Society is pleased to support Indiana’s local, county and regional historical societies, museums and sites in their important work through Heritage Support Grants, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. Grants are for projects that will help Indiana’s local history organizations meet high-priority needs in areas of Collections Stewardship, Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion, Sustainability, and Planning.


Earlham College & Ivy Tech Partnership

Graduates of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s largest institution of post-secondary education, can now transfer to Earlham College and earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as two years. We support this as it increases our local educational attainment levels. 

21st Talent Region Designation

On Friday, January 22nd, East Central Indiana received its 21st Talent Region designation. Forward Wayne County’s Employability Coalition has been working on this project locally and regionally for more than a year. Congratulations to Wayne County on being a partner!

For over 35 years, the goal of INvestEd has been to provide students with solutions to put higher education within reach. They are giving away five, $1,000 scholarships in 2021! No strings attached.

Indiana Food Council
Indiana Grown has announced a grant program with funds dedicated to the development of food councils in Indiana. A food council is a community-based coalition created to build a stronger food system.

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