Business Grants Available for Rice County Businesses

Considering the impacts of COVID-19, Rice County businesses have suffered in various ways, including lost revenue, decreased customer demand, supply chain issues, as well as both mandatory and voluntary closures. In consideration of these serious Covid-related impacts, Rice County business owners may now be eligible to apply for three different business grants.
The Rice County SPARK Business Assistance Grant is funded from Round One of the CARES Act. SPARK stands for “Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas” and the State chose to give the Round One funding directly to counties for administration. Rice County is allocating funds for the public schools, cities, county departments, county-supported entities, and business grants. Both profit and nonprofit businesses may apply. The grant requests can include reimbursable Covid-related expenses (including PPE, safety measures and revenue loss) and expected direct aid expenses to safely remain open the remainder of this year. The application for the Rice County SPARK Business Assistance Grant can be found on the SPARK page of the Rice County website.
The Kansas Department of Commerce will also be taking applications for Economic Development grants from Round Two of the CARES Act funding. The Department announced this week that they will open the application portal for these business grants Thursday, August 13 at 4pm at kansascommerce.gov. This includes “grants to small businesses and nonprofits that have incurred losses of more than 25% of revenues during Covid, among other eligible categories.” Since these grants cover the whole State, a high demand is expected, and early application is critical.
The third option for Rice County businesses will be available soon. Rice County was recently awarded a $132,000 Community Development Block Grant by the State. To qualify for this CDBG CV grant, over 51% of the business’ employees must fall in the Rice County low-moderate income range. Instructions, application, and employee job-certification forms to meet this criterion will be provided to businesses who believe they qualify. SCKEDD (South Central Kansas Economic Development District) will be administering this grant and the information will be posted soon on ricecounty.us under the Economic Development tab.
Rice County is grateful for these grant opportunities to help businesses. If you have questions regarding the grants, please visit ricecounty.us or call Stacy Clark at 620-257-5166.

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Article courtesy of The Lyons News