SPARK - Coronavirus Relief Fund

Spark (Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas) 
RICE COUNTY REIMBURSEMENT AND DIRECT AID PLANNING

INSTRUCTIONS:
Government-related and tax-supported entities click HERE

REIMBURSEMENTS:
The Sub-Recipient Reimbursement Form may be found HERE 
(Submit unbudgeted, covid-related expenses from March 1 - July 31)


DIRECT AID:
The Direct Aid Program Form may be found HERE 
(Submit expenses to be incurred between August 1 and December 30.
An Example Program and the entire Direct Aid Form may be found HERE)

Need Direct Aid Ideas?  LOOK HERE


BUSINESS GRANT INFORMATION COMING SOON!
Applications will be available by August 10
Applications will be due September 1

What is Spark?

The State of Kansas made funding available to each county as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).  Rice County will receive $1.9 million to be distributed to tax supported entities and businesses impacted by COVID-19.  Distribution is based upon verification of costs already incurred as well as anticipated expenses through December 30, 2020 directly related to the unexpected and unbudgeted impact of COVID-19. 

CRF can only be used for certain expenditures:

  • Necessary public health (COVID-19) emergency expenses
  • Not already accounted for in an approved budget as of March 27, 2020
  • Incurred from March 1 to December 30, 2020

This is a federally driven process and requires detailed financial information for reimbursement and for anticipated expenses related to COVID-19.  Focus areas include health, connectivity, economic development, and education.  Priority will be given to eligible reimbursable expenses and for eligible direct aid. Any funds not appropriated by August 15, 2020 must be returned to the State of Kansas for recoupment. Reference covid.ks.gov for more County resources and guidelines.

How will Rice County Distribute SPARK money?

There are two elements to this round of SPARK funding:  1) Reimbursements for government, healthcare, and school facilities for unbudgeted expenses related to COVID-19 and 2) Direct aid plans to empower Rice County to prepare for an additional COVID-19 wave through public health, better connectivity, and economic recovery. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Detailed information about SPARK can be found at covid.ks.gov and US Treasury
CITY and USD Letter of Intent and Resolution
Rice County Resolution 12-2020

QUESTIONS?

Call 620.257.5166 or email the SPARK team