Press Release for SPARK Funds

The Cheyenne County COVID Recovery Assistance Program is taking applications from businesses, non-profits organizations, government entities and individuals in Cheyenne County that have been affected by COVID. This program has been made possible through Phase 1 SPARK (Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas) Funding from the CARES Act and the Cheyenne County Commissioners.

In July, Cheyenne County was granted $526,610.00 through the SPARK Funding Program. The county commissioners appointed a Task Force and hired Cathy Domsch to facilitate the process. Task Force Members include: Ryan Murray, Emergency Management; Leslie Beims, County Attorney; Scott Houtman, County Clerk; and Kelley Milliken, Recovery Coordinator. Applications were accepted from major county stakeholders and submitted to the State for approval in August.
Those included were:
1) Cheylin – USD #103
2) St. Francis Community Schools – USD #297
3) City of St. Francis
4) Bird City Housing Authority
5) Cheyenne County Hospital/Clinics
6) Cheyenne County Village

Through this process, Cheyenne County SPARK Task Force and County Commissioners along with both the Bird City City Council and St. Francis City Council felt it imperative to set aside dollars to assist our local business community, non-profits, smaller government entities and individuals, so $85,827.07 was earmarked to create the Cheyenne County COVID Recovery Assistance Program. A separate steering committee consisting of Darci Shields, Teryn Carmichael, Carla Lampe, Tom Smull and Helen Dobbs has
been established to review and process the applications for this program.

Eligibility for this program is as follows:


Small Businesses: <50 employees
In operation in Cheyenne County on March 15, 2020
Negative impacts from COVID
Business must still be in operation
Eligible up to $10,000 (100% forgiven grant)

Non-Profits: In operation in Cheyenne County on March 15, 2020 Does not have to be a 501(c)3, but does need to be registered and in Good Standing with the Kansas Secretary of State
Negative impacts of COVID (non-profit must still be in operation)
Eligible up to $10,000 (100% forgiven grant)

Local Government Entities must meet 3 criteria for funding:

  1. COVID related expenses (reimbursements) March 1 – Aug 31, 2020
  2. COVID related expense not already budgeted for
  3. COVID related expense that has not already been covered by other
    funding source
    Eligible up to $5,000 for reimbursements and/or applications will be
    accepted for future expenses for overall public health of Cheyenne
    County, amount determined upon available funds (100% forgiven grant)

Individuals: Resident of Cheyenne County on March 15, 2020
Able to show two (2) forms of proof of residency and loss of employment
(or need) as of
March 15, 2020
Current annual income at or below $75,000 (or 300% the Federal Poverty
Level)
Categories of designated relief:
● Rent/Mortgage Assistance
● Utility Assistance
● Emergency Food/Prescription Assistance
● Healthcare/Childcare Assistance
Eligible up to $1000 (100% forgiven grant) Small Businesses

To apply for the Cheyenne County Recovery Assistance Program, contact Kelley Milliken at recoverycncoks@gmail.com or 303.358.9112. Applications are due by October 20, 2020. For more information on the Kansas COVID-19 Response and Recovery, see https://covid.ks.gov/

For more information on the Cheyenne County SPARK Funding and Recovery Assistance Program,
contact Kelley Milliken at 303.358.9112 or email to recoverycncoks@gmail.com.

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