Independence Company Among Recipients of New Coronavirus Relief Fund Grants

An Independence company is among 65 recipients of the new Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Fund Grant.

Governor Kim Reynolds announced the grant recipients Wednesday. The program will assist local employers, non-profits, community colleges, high schools, private universities and the University of Iowa provide post-secondary training and education to Iowans whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic. The grants can also be used to cover the cost of training, books and equipment, as well as often providing much needed wrap-around support that address other barriers some Iowans face when trying to obtain skills training.

B&D Services, Inc. in Independence has been awarded 100-thousand dollars to train 76 participants to become a Direct Support Professional. B & D Services is a private health care corporation that provides services to children, adults, and the elderly who need assistance living in their own home. The grant will also help to remove barriers to start and maintain employment there, including laptops and hot spots for participants to use during training.