Ranson has certified personnel with 28 years experience on board to help you with applying and administering Kansas Small Cities Communities Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program’s grants. Please contact us to find out how this program can suit your community’s needs. Listed below are important dates for Kansas CDBG programs.
The new application forms were made available April 21, 2015. Forms will be made available on the Department of Commerce’s website on or about April 27, 2015. Specific dates will be updated when information is made available.
Grant Writing and Administration
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their community. To receive funds, a project must meet at least one of the following federally mandated criteria:
- The project benefits low- and moderate-income individuals.
- The project removes or prevents slum or blight condition.
- The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable.
For more information, please click the link below:Kansas Department of Commerce
The Annual Competitive Round category includes the following four categories:
Community Improvement and Housing
Community Improvement projects include, but are not limited to, water and sewer improvements, fire protection, bridges, community and senior centers, streets, architectural barrier removal, natural gas systems, electrical systems and public service activities. Housing grants support rehabilitation of owner- and renter-occupied residences within targeted areas to encourage neighborhood revitalization.
1. Water and Sewer Grants
The maximum award is $500,000 with a funding ceiling of $2,000 per beneficiary. Applicants are encouraged to appear before the Kansas Interagency Advisory Committee (KIAC) prior to application submission.
2. Community Facilities
Projects may consist of, but are not limited to, fire protection, bridges, community / senior centers, streets, architectural barrier removal, natural gas and electrical systems, health, mental health and other public facilities projects. The maximum award is $400,000 with a funding ceiling of $2,000 per beneficiary.
3. Housing Rehabilitation Grants
These rehabilitation funds are awarded to local units of government (cities and counties) and the maximum amount awarded is $400,000. Eligible activities include Homeowner and Rental Rehabilitation. A Housing Assessment Tool (HAT) must be completed by the unit of government prior to submitting an application.
Urgent Need Grants address an immediate threat to health or safety resulting from a sudden and severe emergency. These awards assist in meeting community needs created by a severe natural or other disaster. The need must be certified by the state agency that has regulatory oversight.
Applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis throughout the year. The maximum amount awarded is $400,000 per grant. Applications must be received within six months of the occurrence.
The Kansas Small Towns Environment Program (KAN STEP) is an ongoing, competitive self-help program for communities to address water, sewer and public building needs through greater initiative and with fewer dollars. Communities must demonstrate readiness (perception of the problem and willingness to take action to solve it), capacity (human resources to solve the problem) and documented cost savings.
These grants require the use of volunteers to match CDBG funds. A 40 percent savings must be demonstrated to be eligible. The maximum amount awarded for this grant is $300,000, with a funding ceiling of $2,000 per beneficiary. The funding is by annual competition. Funding is targeted to professional services and materials.
The purpose of the program is to help cities improve the quality of their downtown commercial districts by assisting private property owners in the rehabilitation of blighted buildings. It is hoped that a strategic investment of grant funds in a key building would prevent the spread of blighted conditions to other nearby structures. Also, it would encourage other property owners to make improvements to their buildings, thus starting to reverse the cycle of blight, deferred maintenance and disinvestment.
Economic Development grants to cities or counties are loaned to provide gap financing for private businesses that create or retain permanent jobs. Eligible activities include infrastructure, land acquisition, fixed assets and working capital. At least 51 percent of the jobs created or retained by the for-profit entity must meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s low- and moderate-income standard.
Some repayment is required for all economic development categories. Grants are made to cities and counties, which then loan funds to developing businesses. Repaid funds are returned to the state revolving loan fund. Funds may also be used for infrastructure on a loan / grant basis. The funding ceiling is $35,000 per job created or retained with a maximum of $750,000. Matching funds are required.
The Sunflower Trails program partners with communities and schools across the state to create safe, accessible pathways for outdoor physical activity for all ages and abilities. Sunflower Trails assists in the construction, expansion, enhancement and connection of trails through regular grant cycles. Sunflower Trails supports the work of leading trail organizations in Kansas and provides opportunities for training and instruction for trail advocates of all levels.