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HELP Grants


The City of Indianapolis' Hospitality Establishment Lifeline Payment (HELP) Grants provide rent or mortgage assistance to help keep bars, restaurants, and live entertainment venues that pay Food and Beverage Tax open during the early winter months. Through this program, Property Owners and Tenants can jointly apply for unpaid and/or future rent from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, capped at $25,000 per property. The payments will go directly to the Property Owner which protects the Tenant from eviction. Applications are now closed. 

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Grants are limited to one application per business address.


All of the following must be true for a business in order to apply for this program:

  1. Be a private, for-profit independently operated business located within Marion County, Ind; 

  2. At least one owner must reside in Indiana, or the parent company is headquartered in Marion County

  3. Business must be a restaurant, bar, or live entertainment venue that is subject to Marion County, Ind.’s FAB tax, (and paid FAB taxes between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020); 

  4. Business was forced to shut down or operate at reduced capacity by State or Local government because of a Public Health Order

  5. Business must have been in operation in Marion County prior to February 15, 2020.

  6. Business' revenue must have been negatively impacted by at least 10% as a result of the pandemic.

  7. Cannot be a home-based business or independent contractor


The following documents are required in order to apply: 

Tenant must provide (through official application):

  1. IN Secretary of State Certified Articles of Organization

  2. Most recent Business Entity Report

  3. A completed Property Owner's Agreement Letter (see instructions below for more information)

  4. Current signed copy of lease agreement, or mortgage payment record for owner-operators

  5. A copy of the front and back of driver's license or government issued ID. This must belong to the applicant's authorized representative.

  6. Most recent proof of payment for rent/mortgage

Property Owner must provide (through Agreement Letter):

  1. A copy of the front and back of driver's license or government-issued ID. This must belong to the authorized representative of the Property Owner filling out the agreement letter. ​

  2. A mortgage statement, assessor property card, or other document proving ownership of the participating property. Must include business entity name and address of property.

  3. Voided check (or bank letter) for ACH Agreement



Tenant asks Property Owner to sign and complete the Agreement Letter, which states that the Tenant will not be evicted for the grant period should the Tenant be approved for this program. Both the Tenant and the Property owner will receive a copy of this letter once completed. To get a head start, we recommend that Tenants ask their Property owner to complete this letter before applications open on October 14th. For businesses that make mortgage payments rather than rent, they must still complete the agreement letter.


Once the Tenant has received the Agreement Letter from their Property Owner, the Tenant can begin the application process. They will need to upload the Agreement Letter along with the Tenant's Required Documents listed above. Deadline to apply has passed. 


Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted in case your application is missing any information.


Once approved, the Property Owner and Tenant will receive an official Award Letter to be signed by both parties. The grant funds will be electronically deposited into the Property Owner's account. Please note: Tenant may still need to be making rent or mortgage payments until Tenant and Property Owner receive notification of award.

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