At this stage of our nation’s response to COVID-19, there is a LOT of information floating around. So, we have tried to consolidate national, state, and local resources for you on one webpage so that you will have quick links to information that is uniquely helpful to you and your business. These are tough and unprecedented times, but we are in this together. We at the chamber especially want you to know that we are here for you. We are available by phone or email, and our office is now open again to visitors (with the requirement that we put into practice social distancing and sanitation guidelines). Below is information that has been made available to us over the past couple of months.
We understand that the spread of COVID-19, and the threat that it poses to our city, state, nation, and world can cause a lot of fear and anxiety. We wish to help in whatever ways we can by providing resources with information that can help you during this time of uncertainty. Below are links to some useful resources that can help answer some of the questions you may have regarding the virus and steps that you can take to help stop its spread.
Safe Handwashing Practices
Where can I get tested?
Outdoor Test Site
101 S Main St
Hesston, KS 67062
Monday to Friday
- 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
When you arrive at the testing location, please follow instructions on the signage and given to you by onsite personnel.
Please note there are no public restrooms available at the test site.
If you receive an appointment, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you PRINT and bring your test voucher with you on the day of your test. To sign up for an appointment, click the button below:
700 Medical Center Dr STE 210
Newton, KS 67114
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Has COVID testing available through our Drive-Thru clinic. Call 316-283-2800 to schedule a time.
To all of the businesses in our community: we know that this time can be very difficult. You want to have answers not only for yourselves, but for your employees and your business as a whole. On this page you can find links to sources providing information regarding COVID-19’s impact on business and things that you should be doing to take care of your employees and customers. We will be updating this page with information as it is released. If you know of any useful business resources that are not on this page, please reach out to Rachael Gibbons, firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can add the information for others to access.
Monday, May 11th, Governor Kelly announced the creation of the CDBG-CV program, which allocated $9 million in CDBG funds for COVID-related economic development and meal program activities. Applications will open for CDBG-CV at 1:00 p.m. May 12th, and an eBlast to past CDBG applicants/recipients and Kansas county clerks will be sent the same day at 1:15 p.m. Click on the button below for more information and/or to apply. You may also access a one page explainer (attached below).
Resources for Employers
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
SBA is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.
Paycheck Protection Program:
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.
SCKEDD Disaster Relief Loan Program
The SDRP provides expedited loan financing for crucial working capital in amounts up to $25,000 for COVID-19 disaster-related purposes to small businesses located within the SCKEDD District.
State Grant Program for the Arts
The Short-term Operational Support (SOS) program provides immediate one-time grants to arts non-profit organizations facing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control as determined by State and Federal governments. Funds are intended to be used for staff retention and ongoing facility expenses in the creative arts sector in Kansas. In 2020, this program will be open due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Independent Non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organizations based in Kansas whose primary purpose is to produce, present, promote or serve the arts
WHAT CAN GRANT DOLLARS BE USED FOR?
- Salary/payroll (full or partial) for positions critical to organization’s artistic mission
- Fees for contract personnel that are required for the annual operations of the organization
- Facilities operational costs such as utilities and rent
Funds can be applied toward expenses beginning June 1, 2020 (date of award notice) through Sept. 30, 2020.
Grant amounts will be based on available funding and the size of the eligible applicant pool.
*The estimated maximum at this time is $5,000.
For more information about this grant opportunity, click the link below.
Central Kansas Community Foundation Grant Programs
The Central Kansas Community Foundation has grants available for local non-profits. If you are a non-profit that is in need, we highly encourage you to reach out to learn more about options that are available. You can get more information from the website below, or contact Angie Tatro, Executive Director and Response Management at (316) 293-9451.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Currently out of funds. The program anticipates opening new opportunities in response to COVID-19 at some point.
Kansas HIRE Fund
Due to the overwhelming initial response, all initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, the form is still open open and will continue to collect information from Kansas hospitality businesses on the losses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEMA Incident Command System Reimbursement Form (ICS) 214:
Track reimbursable COVID-19 expenses.
This site is intended to be a one-stop resource for Kansas families and business owners seeking quick access to the information and tools they need to navigate and mitigate the impact of coronavirus in our state.
In collaboration with Governor Kelly, the Kansas Legislature, community leaders and Kansans all across this state, we are partners in protecting the health and safety and future of the people of Kansas.
For those who need assistance hiring, or for individuals in need of a job, KansasWorks is a great resource. They are currently offering services virtually. Customers can call (316) 771-3800 or access the chat feature on their website below.
For questions about unemployment, or to file for unemployment, click on the link below.
If your company is facing a permanent layoff of workers, contact Shelly Thompson at email@example.com
Kansas Reopening Guidelines
Governor Kelly has released an ad astra plan to reopen the state of Kansas in 4 phases over the next few months. You can view the full plan in detail at the button below, or keep scrolling for summary charts that provide information about the steps made in each phase.
Reopening Harvey County
The reopening of Harvey County is very similar to the guidelines given by the state. Still, it is important that you review and understand the information provided in the link below to ensure that you and your businesses are following the guidelines issued by county officials.
Harvey County Unified Command
There are many entities in Harvey County that are working hard to help the county recover and reopen while remaining safe. We would like to share with you the current Unified Command system that is in place so that you know the flow of delegation, decision making, and communication that is currently happening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
State and National Resources
There are a lot of questions surrounding the current state of COVID-19 in the United States as well as the state of Kansas. Below are some resources that provide information regarding current national and statewide updates.
Below are links to various entities in the Newton Area, as well as updates about changing store hours, food banks, and childcare.