COVID-19: Governor Kelly Announces $9 Million in Grants
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are an important tool in supporting small Kansas communities. Now, as communities come together in their response to COVID-19, additional CDBG resources are being made available through the CDBG-CV program.
CDBG-CV has two funding categories: Economic Development and Meal Programs.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Businesses do not apply for CDBG-CV grants directly through the Department of Commerce. Kansas counties and cities are eligible to apply for CDBG-CV grants through the Department of Commerce and will then work with local businesses and organizations to disburse funds. Businesses interested in receiving CDBG-CV funds should contact their City Clerk and/or County Clerk office.
APPLICATIONS OPEN MAY 12, 2020
CDBG-CV Economic Development grants provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.
To be eligible to receive a CDBG-CV Economic Development grant, the recipient business must be a for-profit business and retaining jobs for low to moderate-income people. 51% or more of the full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs retained must be for persons from low to moderate-income households as defined by HUD.
CDBG-CV Economic Development grants can be used to pay for the following expenses:
- Working capital such as wages, utilities, rent, etc.
- The purchase of 60 days’ worth of inventory needed to reopen (60 days will begin on the day the business is allowed to reopen).
- Businesses with five or fewer employees (including the owner) are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per FTE job in CDBG-CV Economic Development grant funding (with a maximum of $30,000 per company).
- Businesses with between six and 50 employees are eligible to receive up to $35,000 for each FTE job in CDBG-CV Economic Development grant funding (with a maximum of $50,000 per company).
CDBG-CV Meal Program grants are intended to provide Kansas cities and counties with funds to supplement various programs that provide access to nutritious foods during the COVID-19 crisis.
To be eligible to receive a CDBG-CV Meal Program grant, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that at least 51% of the community meets the low to moderate-income household criteria as defined by HUD.
CDBG-CV Meal Program grant funds can be directed toward organizations such as Meals on Wheels, for the replenishment of local food banks or to support organizations that provide meal programs for children impacted by the loss of school meal programs.
The maximum funding for non-entitlement cities and counties is $300,000 for Economic Development grants and $100,000 for Meal Program grants.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE CDBG-CV PROGRAM OPEN TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020. FUNDS WILL BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS UNTIL ALL FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISBURSED.