COVID-19: Business Programs and Resources

RCED is working with local and state agencies to provide an updated list on programs and resources regarding COVID-19. Please email or call 785-374-3047 for questions.


COVID-19 Republic County CDBG Loan Program – – Up to $20,000 The funds will be used for working capital such as: salaries, wages, inventory, utilities, rent, insurance payments, etc. Details and application HERE.

Incentives Without Walls (IWW) Belleville Downtown District – Belleville Chamber & Main Street has available funds through the Incentives Without Walls (IWW) program.  This is eligible for any business in the Designated Main Street District.  We are offering 7 no-interest loans of $4,000 for working capital purposes only.  More details found here.

Republic County Child Care Needs Assessment – If you or your employees are in need of child care we are gathering data on the demand to help connect openings to you. Take the survey HERE.


North Central Regional Planning Commission / NCKCN – SBA Loan information. NCKCN a limited number of computers and can increase internet capacity for users. – For more click HERE.



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Kansas Department of Commerce

HIRE Fund (Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency) Fund: Due to the overwhelming initial response, the Department of Commerce’s initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time.  

STATE OF KANSAS COVID-19 JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL – Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at

Kansas Department of Labor – FAQ’s COVID-19 Unemployment – FAQ’s image.

Businesses may be exploring reducing production as a result of supply chain challenges related to COVID-19.  For more information, visit  KDOL here

Individual Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Check out our UI and COVID-19 Fact Sheet and apply for benefits online at

Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned but will be between $122 and $488 per week.  At this time, individuals can receive up to a maximum of 16 weeks of benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Important Notice: The CARES Act has been signed into law to provide an additional $600 to eligible recipients of unemployment insurance and a benefit to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment insurance such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, etc. We have begun the process of planning to implement these vital programs. However, those benefits are not available at this time as we await finalized guidance from the federal government.

For Families.
Unemployment Benefits | Health Care | Financial Institutions/Insurance
Mental Health | K-12 Schools | Assistance for Children & Families
Courts & Public Safety | Insurance & Utilities | Colleges & Universities | Seniors & Disabled

For Businesses.
General Resources | Finances & Lending | Local Government
Agriculture | Insurance & Labor | Transportation


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SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison: Click here to view.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction.

Do you need:

  • Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.
  • A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.
  • To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.
  • Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

Download the entire PDF of FAQ’s for these programs below



USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities –
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KS – Emergency Programs to Help Small Businesses and Displaced Employees During COVID-19 Kansas Sec. of Commerce, David Toland; Kansas Sec. of Labor, Delia Garcia; Dir. of Unemployment Insurance, Laurel Klein Searles –
Employer’s Guide to COVID-19 3/25
Financial Resources and Updates for Small Business 3/30
How to Apply for a Coronavirus Small Business Loan 4/3
Employer’s Guide to the CARES Act 4/2
SBA’s EIDL and PPP Loan Programs 4/10


5/18 Republic County Weekly Business CallsMondays @ 12 pm Join RCED and other businesses in discussing COVID-19 impacts, changes, programs, and more. Will continue weekly. Sign up for a time here
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