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Indiana approved for FEMA grant to provide extra $300 in unemployment benefits

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Aug 22, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — People who are unemployed in Indiana will receive some assistance after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state for a grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program.

The grant funding will allow Indiana to provide $300 per week on top of regular unemployment benefits to people who are out of work due to COVID-19, according to a news release from FEMA.

FEMA will work with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to implement a system to make the funding available to residents, the release said.

Nineteen states have been approved for lost wages assistance since Aug. 15 after President Trump made up to $44 billion available from FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund for people who are unemployed because of the pandemic.