By Special Report to the Courier

Madison Main Street announced today that it will be awarding a total of $10,900 in grants to 28 downtown businesses to help cover May rent or mortgage payments. This was identified as a top concern by downtown businesses trying to survive the pandemic, which has forced many to close, reduce hours, or completely change their business model.

According to Executive Director Austin Sims, grants ranging in amounts from $175 to $750 were awarded to: Taylor’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, Greves TV and Appliances, RoundAbout Madison, Suntime Printing, The Floating Cow, Blue Lotus Massage Therapy, Ditto’s, East Industries, Mary’s Shear Perfection, Natural Blessings, K&K Beauty Studio, Main Street Antique Mall, Thomas Family Winery, G.H. Coffee, Wow! What a Find, Indigo Massage, Purple Chandelier, Madison Made by Euclid & Woodland, Eco-Massage, Fountain Alley Body Care, Body Works Salon, Fine Threads, Just the Word, Blush on Main, Village Lights Bookstore, The Downtowner, Stretch Zone Massage, and Scrub Board Laundry.

The grants are awarded through Main Street’s new Business Resiliency Fund, made possible by contributions from the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, the John and Maureen Wurtz Charitable Fund, the Dorsey Family Endowment, and individual contributions from Rick Berry, Jarrett Boyd, and members of the Madison Main Street board of directors.

The grants, covering up to 50% of the monthly payment, are distributed to businesses on a reimbursement basis. Madison Main Street, a 501©(3) nonprofit, is actively soliciting additional contributions to the Business Resiliency Fund. Any new funds will be awarded to downtown businesses for rent/mortgage relief for the month of June.

“It will take businesses several months to recover from the financial losses they have suffered,” Sims said. “We don’t want to lose any of our downtown businesses and hope this fund will make a critical difference.”

Checks should be payable to Madison Main Street, with Business Resiliency in the memo line, and mailed to P.O. Box 327, Madison, Indiana 47250. For more information, call or e-mail Austin Sims, executive director, 812-701-5011, madisonmainstreetprogram@gmail.com.

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, Fourth Fridays, Girls’ Weekend, and the Main Street Loft Tour.