This page contains links to useful resources for our business community during COVID-19, including COVID-19 relief programs, and resources to help navigate workspace safety, unemployment, and COVID-19 numbers in Harvey County and the state of Kansas.

“Back to Business” – CARES Act Grant Funding Available through the Kansas Department of Commerce

Governor Laura Kelly has announced businesses will soon be able to apply for a total of more than $130 million in grants to serve those most affected by the pandemic and for companies that can expand broadband access in the state.

Information on SPARK economic development and connectivity grant programs can now be found online at kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief. Grant applications will be accepted beginning at 12:00 p.m. Wed., Aug. 19, 2020.

“These funds will both provide necessary immediate relief to businesses and contribute to a more strategic, competitive Kansas economy in the future,” said Governor Kelly. “I want to thank the SPARK Taskforce for recommending these strategic investments and the State Finance Council for approving the use of these funds.”

In addition to providing financial relief, grants will be available to businesses whose products and services will be needed in greater volume to help combat the virus and its effects. Funding is also being made available to expand broadband access both through infrastructure improvements and by partnerships with internet service providers to serve low-income households. These grants are funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the federal CARES Act.

This pandemic has affected each sector differently, with industries having very different needs from one another. With this in mind, applications for grants are being made available in the following categories:

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.

Securing Local Food Systems Grants

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

PPE Procurement Grants

The PPE Procurement grant program will award businesses funds for 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.

PPE Manufacturing Grants

PPE Manufacturing grants will provide funding to manufacturers 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 Grants

Kansas has a strong pipeline of bioscience related companies developing SARS-CoV2 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.

Connectivity Emergency Response Grants

The Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) was created to address the increased need for 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 Grants

The Broadband Partnership Adoption Grant will 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.

IT, Cybersecurity & IT Project Management Certification Training Grants

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

Kansas Tech College Advanced Manufacturing Grants

This program will 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.

 

To view grant eligibility requirements and applications, or for more information about these grants, visit the links below:

SBA Programs

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.

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.

FEMA Incident Command System Reimbursement Form (ICS) 214:

Track reimbursable COVID-19 expenses.

Kansas Together:

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.

KansasWorks

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.

Unemployment

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 shelly.thompson@ks.gov

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.

Community Links

Below are links to various entities in the Newton Area, as well as updates about changing store hours, food banks, and childcare.