Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are an important tool in supporting small Kansas communities. Now, as communities come together in their response to COVID-19, additional CDBG resources are being made available through the CDBG-CV program.
The City of St. Francis was awarded $173,600 in CDBG-CV funds. Of this amount, $123,600 is designated for Economic Development. Businesses interested in receiving CDBG-CV funds should contact the City Clerk’s office to obtain an application packet.
The deadline for submitting applications to City Clerk Lila Whitmore is September 30 at 5PM.
CDBG-CV Economic Development grants provide communities with funding to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.
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:
- Working capital such as wages, utilities, rent, etc.
- The purchase of 60 days’ worth of inventory needed to reopen (60 days will begin on the day the business is allowed to reopen).
- Businesses with five or fewer employees (including the owner) are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per FTE job in CDBG-CV Economic Development grant funding (with a maximum of $30,000 per company).
- Businesses with between six and 50 employees are eligible to receive up to $35,000 for each FTE job in CDBG-CV Economic Development grant funding (with a maximum of $50,000 per company).
The City Council’s goal is to award grants to all eligible businesses who submit an application. The actual amount awarded to each business will be determined after the applications are reviewed.
Justine Benoit with Northwest Kansas Planning & Development Corporation is the Grant Administrator for these funds. She will review applications received to determine eligibility.
Questions? Please contact City Clerk Lila Whitmore at 332-3142.