Republic County in partnership with Republic County Economic Development (RCED) is offering three housing incentives in a pilot program available through 2021 to help address housing issues in the county. Funding of $27,500 was awarded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to the county for three programs. Applications will be received and reviewed by RCED, recommendations will be made to the County Commissioners. Labor and materials purchased within the county will be prioritized in the program. RCED will provide program administration and marketing while the County will be the fiscal agent. Applications are now open and being accepted until funding is used through 2021.
Demolition Assistance Grant: assist with clearing residential blight while encouraging in-fill lot development or donation to a city Land Bank. Up to $2,500 per property that qualifies. Funding is available for five projects in 2021.
Empty Nester Grant: Incentive to assist homeowners in the county that wish to move over to a more manageable-sized rental within the county. This will increase available housing stock while maximizing the efficiency of senior and Section 42 and Section 8 housing that is currently vacant. Up to $5,000 per qualified individual to cover cost incurred from moving and selling property. Funding is available for two projects in 2021.
Paint The County Grant: preserving existing housing stock through county beautification. These programs fill important gaps where the Neighborhood Revitalization Program for the county can supplement new construction or rehabilitation. Up to $500 per project to cover paint and materials purchased locally. Funding is available for ten projects in 2021.
Applications must be submitted to RCED before painting, demolition, selling, or moving depending on which program is applied for. Grants will not be awarded to projects that have begun their projects without approval notice from RCED.
Applications will be reviewed, and a response will be provided within 30 days of submission.
Republic County Economic Development Director
PO BOX 178, Belleville, KS, 66935
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