Geary County Covid-19 Small Business SPARK Grant Program
Geary County has set aside $50,000 from CARES Act Funds for small business assistance grants.
To be eligible for this grant you must be a for-profit business located within Geary County Kansas with 50 or fewer employees.
The maximum grant amount, per business is $3,000.
All applicants will be required to submit original receipts for eligible costs. Eligible costs include Personal Protective Equipment for employees, costs for modifications for physical changes necessary due to Covid-19, such as plexiglass, floor markers, etc..., hardware or software necessary to process payments or deliver services, other necessary Covid-19 related expenses.
Completed applications will be submitted by the JC/GC EDC to Witt O'Brien's (the SPARK funds consulting firm hired by Geary County) for approval and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications can be picked up in person at the Chamber office (222 W. 6th St, Junction City) on Thursday, October 15th at 10:00 AM or you can request an application be emailed to you by contacting Dawn Stephens at 785-762-2632 or Dawn@jcacc.org.
Geary County received an allocation of funds from the CARES Act as part of the State’s allocation. This disbursement was distributed through the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) program to cover costs associated with Covid-19. After required reimbursements were dispersed, the commission was able to set aside $50,000 for small business assistance to help with reimbursement of costs incurred due to Covid-19. Covid-19 has placed incredible strain on businesses throughout Geary County. The results of regional employment loss, restrictions on social interactions, and disruptions to supportive services focused on mental health, job training, food distribution, and sheltering has impacted the entire county. The Small Business SPARK Grant Program’s purpose is to help support businesses within the county with addressing this critical need during the public health emergency. In order to address the needs of the Geary County community and how it has been impacted by the Covid-19 public health crisis, Geary County is accepting applications and will award funds to eligible businesses to cover Covid-19 expenses. The total amount of funds available is $50,000 and the maximum grant amount per business will be $3,000.
CARES Act Overview Section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and local governments. Geary County received an allocation of funds from the State of Kansas, which received an allocation provided under 601(a) of the Social Security Act. The funding provided is to help Geary County cover expenses that are: 1. Necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). 2. Not accounted for in the state or local government budget most recently approved as of March 17, 2020. 3. Incurred during the period that begins March 2, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.
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