The Community Development Block Grant to support coronavirus response in the State of Kansas is providing $9 million to 66 counties to help communities rebuild their economies. Grants were available in two categories Economic Development and Meal Programs. Economic Development grants provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people by covering working capital expenses such as inventory, wages and utilities. Meal Program grants can be directed toward organizations such as Meals on Wheels, local food banks or to support organizations providing meals for children affected by the loss of school meal programs.
This grant was created in response to COVID-19 in 2020.
CDBG-CV grants are part of the states allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and are designed to help Kansas communities respond to the needs of their residents and businesses during the reopening phase of the state.
*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.
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:
All funds for this round of CDBG-CV have been awarded; however, the Department of Commerce expects to receive approximately $7 million in additional funding in a second round of CDBG funds through the CARES Act. More information will be announced as its made available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.