Staff at Vera Mae's in Muncie prepare the restaurant ahead of its 5 p.m. opening Frisday, Sept. 24, 2021. Vera Mae's is one of 43 local businesses to received aid from the American Rescue Fund. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
Staff at Vera Mae's in Muncie prepare the restaurant ahead of its 5 p.m. opening Frisday, Sept. 24, 2021. Vera Mae's is one of 43 local businesses to received aid from the American Rescue Fund. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
MUNCIE — Forty-three local restaurant owners have gotten aid from the City of Muncie in response to the pandemic as $3.11 million set aside for small businesses and restaurants is being distributed from federal American Rescue Plan money.

All of the business selected in this round of distribution have been chosen, according to the city administration. The restaurant committee recently mailed checks to the remaining qualifying restaurants. A separate committee handling awards to small business has selected 146 other businesses to receive grants, and was sending out notification letters Friday, according to a release. That money will be distributed after required paperwork is signed and completed.

Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour said there were far more applications for ARP money than there was money to distribute. The volunteer committees that made the choices used a scoring system to evaluate the applications and decide who should receive ARP grants.

Some applicants did not qualify at all.

"We had one application from McCordsville," the mayor said. All restaurants had to operate within Muncie. Locally owned restaurants also received preference when scoring.

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