The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced today a collaboration with the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) to invite local Indiana governments to apply for the Beat the Heat program. The goal of the program is to create sustainable, long-term projects, programs, and educational materials that help residents cope with hot days and the public health impacts associated with the heat.
“This collaboration with ERI and our community partners will provide countless innovative tools and resources to better improve the health of our rural communities,” said Denny Spinner, Executive Director of OCRA. “Working with vulnerable populations will be at the center of this project which ensures no one is left behind during a hot summer day. OCRA is excited to build a new partnership with the experts at ERI to provide this opportunity.”
For this program eligible applicants are non-entitlement local units of government to include towns, counties and cities. Two communities will receive up to $121,940 to fund a full-time staff person for two years and costs associated with program activities.