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Block Grants now available

BELOIT – Mitchell County and the City of Beloit are now accepting grant applications for the Community Development Block Grant program. Mitchell County and the City of Beloit received $132,000 each to help our local businesses with payroll and inventory expenses.

Grant funds are from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. As subrecipients, we must comply with all state and federal reporting requirements.

In order to qualify, each employee of a business must complete a Job Certification Form. Because this is a HUD program, 51 percent of a business’s employees must be at 80 percent low-moderate income or lower. E.g.) 80 percent LMI for a family of four is $53,450.

Applications are due by noon on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The Grant Review Team will then review all applications and determine a formula to fulfill as many requests as possible.

Once notified of awards, businesses will then be required to provide proof of how the funds are spent. E.g.) copy of an invoice and check to purchase inventory to restock or copy of payroll from before and after a determined COVID19 time period to show expenses and jobs retained.

We acknowledge the complexities of this program but remind businesses this is a grant and not a loan.

Grant application for businesses within the City of Beloit: https://www.beloitks.org/263/CDBG-CV-Grants

Grant application for Mitchell County businesses: https://www.mitchellcountykansas.com/grant-opportunity.html

The application must be submitted by July 23 at noon to: Heather Hartman, Solomon Valley Economic Development, 209 East Main Street, #104, Beloit, KS 67420

For more information call Heather Hartman at hhartman@beloitks.org at 785-738-3000 or Keegan Bailey, NCRPC at kbailey@nckcn.com at 785-738-2218.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537