Republic County SPARK Funds

Economic Development & Connectivity Coronavirus Relief

Applications and FAQs – https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief/

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) Taskforce 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. Read Small Business and Connectivity Grants Frequently Asked Questions here.

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 12:00 P.M. CST.


Small Business Working Capital Grants

Kansas businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply for Small Business Working Capital grants. Funds can be used to pay working capital expenses such as payroll, rent, mortgage insurance, utilities, inventory and more. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

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 REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a for-profit or not-for-profit business owned and/or operated in the state of Kansas.
  • Business must have 500 or fewer employees.
  • Business must have been in operation since July 1, 2019.
  • Business must be in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State.
  • Business must be able to demonstrate a loss of at least 25% of gross revenues from January 1, 2020-June 30, 2020, over the previous period of July 1, 2019-December 31, 2019.
  • Business plans to use all awarded funds exclusively for working capital expenses and can articulate how the funds will be used.
  • The business must not have received more than $350,000 in prior COVID-related local, state and/or federal funding.
  • Awarded funds may not be used to duplicate any expenses paid for my previous local, state or federal CARES Act funding programs.
AWARD AMOUNTS & NOTIFICATION
  • Maximum award amounts will vary by business activity. While businesses may request the maximum grant amount for their category, there is no guarantee the maximum amount will be received.
  • Award determinations will be made on a number of factors including business activity type, number of employees, lost revenue due to COVID-19, future plans for business resiliency, etc.
  • Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds have been depleted.
  • A formal grant agreement will be required prior to any funds being awarded.

Securing Local Food Systems Grants

The Kansas Securing Local Food Systems grant program was created to support Kansas meat processing facilities, food processors, food banks, local direct-to-consumer producers and retail outlets to address food for human consumption supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.


PPE Procurement Grants

PPE Procurement grants use federal CARES Act funds as part of Kansas’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. This program includes grants for businesses’ COVID-19 response that consists of the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), implementation of workplace redesigns, additional signage, new technology solutions for distance working and other items to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines on safely returning employees to work.


Connectivity Emergency Response Grant

The Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) was created to address the increased need for internet connectivity in Kansas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed projects should improve connectivity to unserved and underserved areas of Kansas to address the needs of telework, telehealth, distance learning and other remote business services.


Broadband Partnership Adoption Grant

The Broadband Partnership Adoption grant is intended to provide support for low-income households by partnering with ISPs to leverage their existing adoption infrastructure and assure connectivity to as many Kansans as possible. Expanded connectivity should result in improved opportunities for remote learning, remote work and accessing telehealth/telemedicine services.


PPE Manufacturing Grants

The purpose of PPE Manufacturing grants is to provide grant funding to manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and other entities  to reimburse certain costs to manufacture critically needed PPE. The grant funding will assist entities with creating new business while contributing to the fight against the current COVID-19 public health emergency.


COVID-19 Bioscience Product Development Acceleration Grant

Kansas has a strong pipeline of bioscience related companies developing SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic, therapeutic and medical counter measures.  This grant program will accelerate commercialization and go-to-market strategies, allowing these Kansas companies to quickly deploy novel technology by optimizing value and reducing risk through informed decision making. 


Domestic Supply Chain Fortification Grant

This Domestic Supply Chain Fortification grant will help offset the business disruptions to Kansas companies’ supply chains caused by COVID-19 and assist with relocating jobs to Kansas from outside of the US. Where appropriate, this grant program would be offered in addition to existing incentive programs (PEAK, KIT, HPIP, etc.) to improve the state’s competitiveness.


Higher Education Advanced Manufacturing & IT Equipment Grants

The objective of this program is to support the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry in Kansas. The program will focus on reskilling/upskilling individuals affected by COVID-19 to meet economic sector needs in high-demand, high-wage occupations. Kansas technical colleges are eligible to apply for a one-time grant of up to $500,000 to purchase equipment to upgrade or expand instructional offerings related to IT and advanced manufacturing / Industry 4.0.


IT, Cybersecurity & IT Project Management Certification Training Grant

To mitigate job losses in Kansas as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Kansas Department of Commerce is seeking an education provider to deliver a rapid-response program that will provide training, certificate testing and job placement assistance in the areas of IT, cybersecurity and IT project management.