KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced another avenue through which the business community can receive financial help in her state.
Kelly said the state will be able to make more than $9 million available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) with federal CARES Act funding.
The money will be distributed in two categories: economic development and meal programs.
The funds, which will come in the form of grants or loans, will be given to cities and counties to help local businesses and other organizations.
“We know COVID-19 has taken a toll on businesses across the state. Small businesses have inherent challenges when it comes to being competitive. They simply have fewer resources, and are now struggling even more due to the fallout of COVID-19,” Kelly said. “These grant funds will cover critical investments, help small businesses keep their doors open and keep Kansans employed.”
The grant funds may be used for wages, utilities, rent, inventory capital and other forms of working capital.
Grant applications open Tuesday at 1 p.m., and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been dispersed, Kelly said.