Kansans in every corner of the state have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we work to recover from the unprecedented economic situation caused by this virus, the state of Kansas is making emergency financial relief available from federal CARES Act funding to those who need it most.

The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding for economic development and connectivity in the state. These dollars are being awarded in the form of grants to eligible businesses. There are nine grant programs available:

1.    Small Business Working Capital Grants

Industries:

·         Arts & Entertainment Venue

·         Business/Professional Services

·         Communications & Marketing

·         Educational Services

·         Finance & Banking

·         Grocery

·         Healthcare & Medical

·         Logistics & Distribution

·         Manufacturing

·         Non-Profit

·         Personal Services

·         Restaurant & Hospitality

·         Retail

·         Other

Eligibility:

·         Kansas businesses with fewer than 500 FTE

·         Must have been in operation since July 1, 2019

·         Must be in good standing with Kansas Secretary of State

·         Must be able to demonstrate a loss of at least 25% of gross revenues from January 1, 2020-June 30, 2020, as compared to July 1, 2019-December 31, 2019

·         Must not have received more than $350K or more in Covid-19 related assistance from federal or local sources combined

***(FTE count, loss of 25%, and $350K+ from federal or local assistance – Are all allowed to be appealed for consideration)

Notes:

·         Maximum grant amounts vary by sector and need of business

·         Businesses are not guaranteed the full amount

·         Award determination will be made on several factors including number of employees, extend of business loss, etc.

·         Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds have depleted

2.    Securing Local Food Systems Grants

3.    PPE Procurement Grants

4.    PPE Manufacturing Grants

5.    Covid-19 Bioscience Product Development Acceleration Grants

6.    Connectivity Emergency Response Grant

7.    Broadband Partnership Adoption Grants

8.    IT, Cybersecurity, & IT Project Management Certification Training Grants

9.    Kansas Tech College Advanced Manufacturing Grants

Applications will not be accepted to submit until Wednesday, August 19th, at 12:00 PM.  The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information or to apply for funding, visit: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief/