A local farmer who wishes to remain anonymous recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the City of St. Francis. The City of St. Francis will use the funds to make improvements to the Bandshell at Sawhill Park.
“The City of St. Francis would like to thank the local farmer who made this donation possible. The historic Bandshell is the centerpiece of Sawhill Park and is a unique asset for our community. It is often the site of various events and functions, including weddings and concerts. The donation will be added to the Bandshell Fund which is designated for future improvements to the Bandshell”, said Lila Whitmore, St. Francis City Clerk.
Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.
Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”
Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.
The Small Business Administration has a new grant opportunity through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which is designed to help restaurants and other food service businesses keep their doors open. The fund will provide applicants with funding equal to their pandemic-related lost revenue. This is a grant, not a loan, so as long as funds are used for eligible purposes by March 11, 2023, no repayment is required.
To help ensure equity, this program is currently in a 21 day priority period where only applications for underserved priority groups are being processed; this priority period closes Friday, May 14th. The SBA has asked for NLC’s help in spreading the word to priority group entrepreneurs: businesses that are at least 51% owned by individuals who are women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged. Applicants must self-certify on the application that they meet eligibility requirements. Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities. Economically disadvantaged individuals are those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same business area who are not socially disadvantaged.
This funding is designed to support the small businesses, with $5 billion set aside for businesses with up to $500,000 in revenue, and another $4 billion for those with gross receipts up to $1.5M. $500 million is specifically set aside for businesses with no more than $50,000 in revenue. To reach these businesses, SBA has partnered with Point of Sale (POS) providers, including Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle, to accept applications. Business owners can also apply directly at https://restaurants.sba.gov/. Please help spread the word to food service businesses in your community, including restaurants, food trucks, caterers, bakeries, and brewpubs, that they may be eligible for funding that can help them cover operating expenses as well as construct outdoor seating and purchase supplies to help them continue to respond to the pandemic.
The Kansas Roofing Registration Act was enacted by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the Governor on April 22, 2013. Under the provisions of this law, on and after July 1, 2013, every “roofing contractor” must obtain a roofing contractor registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas.
Homeowners are encouraged to reference the following website for a listing of roofing contractors who have completed the registration requirements pursuant to the Kansas roofing registration act, or contact the Attorney General’s office at (800) 432-2310 for further questions:
In addition to the registration certificate, before soliciting door to door roofing contractors must obtain a Peddler’s License issued by the City of St. Francis, which includes a background check and proof of insurance.
Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself from fraudulent door-to-door sales:
Never let a salesperson into your home unless you are sure of who they are and why they are there.
Ask to see their peddler’s license, it is required by your local city government.
Ask for written information on the company and salesperson and take plenty of time to read it and shop around, rather than making a purchasing decision on-the-spot. A legitimate salesperson will be happy to leave their business card and come back if you decide to make a purchase.
If the salesperson says it is a special deal for “today only,” it’s probably too good to be true.
Never pay for door-to-door purchases with cash. When possible, use a credit card, which will allow you to cancel or dispute the charge.
Governor Laura Kelly announces second round of CARES Act funding applications to open August 19 at 12:00 p.m.
TOPEKA – 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-CoV-2 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.
Details on each category, including award amounts, proposal requirements, eligibility and more can be found at kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief.
Currently the Sheriff’s Department is not performing VIN inspections, and along with this Recreational Vehicle Permits are not being issued. During this time, in order to register your recreational vehicle, please contact City Hall at 332-3142. We will ask that you provide proof of insurance and pay the $10 permit fee. You will be given a receipt which you can carry with you as proof of registration payment. Once the Sheriff’s office resumes VIN inspections you will be able to take the payment receipt to them to complete the permit process and obtain the necessary tag.
As a reminder, golf carts cannot be operated on U.S. Highway 36 or Washington Street. ATVs may not be operated on U.S. Highway 36, the access road or Washington Street. A valid driver’s license is required for operation of any special purpose vehicle.
Please reference City Code Chapter 14 Article 7 “ATV, Work Site Utility Vehicles, Golf Carts and Micro Utility Trucks”