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Architectural Barrier Removal (ABR)
The Architectural Barrier Removal (ABR) Grant was created to help increase accessibility to essential goods and services in communities downtown and main street districts. This will give both public and private buildings the opportunity to meet compliance and regulatory mandates. Funding amounts include a maximum award of $50,000 per individual Building or $250,000 for a city-wide project. 25% Matching Funds is required.
National Objective: Applicants must document that the proposed activity complies with a national objective.
1) Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons:
a) Area Benefit: The beneficiary must be a governmental or a for-profit business that provides essential goods and services to LMI residents within the defined service area that is at least 51 percent LMI. Essential goods are tangible items sold to customers, while services are tasks performed for the benefit of the recipients.
b) Limited Clientele: i) Businesses that don’t provide essential goods or services must meet the LMC National Objective. ii) This activity will provide a benefit to a specific group of persons, specifically the elderly or adults meeting the Bureau of Census’ Current Population Reports definition of “severely disabled”.
Eligible Use of Funds: 1) Removal of architectural barriers that restrict the accessibility or mobility of elderly or handicapped persons (including: cost for and installation of automatic doors, ramps, and chair lifts) 2) Architectural design 3) Administration.
Community Facilities and Services
CDBG funds will be utilized towards eligible Community Facilities and Services grant projects within two targeted categories:
The funding ceiling for a Community Facilities and Services grant will be $2,000 per beneficiary capped off at the criteria below. Funding amounts are determined by beneficiaries with max award of $600,000 for populations of 5,000 or less. Funding ceiling is calculated at $2,000 per beneficiary up to the maximum based on population. A 25% local match is required.
Non-Profit Child Care and Education Facilities
The Non-Profit Child Care and Education Facilities Grant will address the childcare shortage in the State of Kansas. The grants will allow for construction of new buildings or renovations of existing buildings, acquisition, engineering or architectural fees, and administration of the grant funds. Funding amounts are determined by beneficiaries with max award of $600,000 for populations of 5,000 or less. A 25% local match is required.
Eligible Use of Funds 1. Construction of a new building, or renovations of an existing building to be utilized to house Non-Profit Child Care and Education Facilities. Funding operation of the non-profit childcare facilities is not an eligible activity for 2023. 2. Acquisition - URA (Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended) must be followed. 3. Administration of grant funds only 4. Engineering/Architectural fees.
Youth Job Training Opportunity Grant
The Youth Job Training Opportunity Grant is designed to address the “at risk” youth population by encouraging young people by promoting self-sufficiency, independence, and job training in a particular field or skill. The grant will allow for screening and skills assessments, training and certification of participants, training and instructional materials, and grant administration. Funding amounts include a maximum award of $100,000. A 25% local match is required. Public Service Employment Training is the priority activity. Eligible Use of Funds 1. Screening and skills assessment of participants. 2. Training, instruction, and certification of participants. 3. Software and instructional materials for training and educational purposes. All purchased materials and supplies will need to be acquired through proper procurement procedures as defined by KDC. 4. Tuition, books, supplies, and other materials necessary for participants to complete their training, 5. Administration.
The above applications will be accepted until February 1, 2023 with grant award announcements in March of 2023. Any questions can be directed to Corina Cox or Justine Benoit at 785 421-2151.
2023 Other Application Periods
Applications are open and due by September 30, 2022.pportunity for a Rural Champion. This pilot program intends to fund 12 communities. If awarded this grant can help fund a 20 hour a week temporary employee to provide support needed to fill the gap in driving successes throughout Kansas communities. Grant award is $20,000 and requires a 25% match which can include supplies, etc.
Applications are open and due by September 30, 2022.
More Information: https://kansascommerce.gov/orp/ruralchampions/
Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas. Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.
Public bodies and non-profit organizations can use the various program funds to construct, expand or improve Community facilities, Fire Stations/Ambulance Barns/Fire Trucks and Ambulances, Water and Sewer Projects, Streets, Curbs and Gutters, Downtown Rehabilitation, Urgent Need, Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition and many other community-based initiatives.
Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment. These facilities not only improve the basic quality of life but assist in the development and sustainability of Northwest Kansas.
KANSAS HOUSING RESOURCES CORPORATION
MODERATE INCOME HOUSING (MIH) DEADLINES/REQUIREMENTS
DEADLINE: September 30, 2022 5:00 p.m. online
Applications must be RECEIVED by KHRC by this date
· Approximate Award Date – November 2022
· $5M available State-wide (May be ARPA or MIH funds);
Maximum amount $650,000 per awardee
· Eligible Activities: (1) actual housing development, including acquisition of real property, new construction, modular or manufactured housing and/or rehabilitation of existing housing, or (2) infrastructure in combination with actual housing development. For new construction, state requirement KSA58-Article 14 applies.
· Project completion is typically 12 months (can be longer)
· MIH income requirements (attached)
· No Public Hearing Requirement
· NWKP&DC fee to package application $2,000
ITEMS NEEDED BY AUGUST 26, 2022:
Completed HAT, Housing Needs Analysis, or Market Study
Description of Project and Scope of Work (details of project - rentals or homeownership)
Cost Estimate of all Project Activities
Drawings of proposed units
Documentation of Site Control
Documentation of Leveraged Funding. Clarify if there will be any in-kind labor and services.
Completed Capacity Statement Describe capacity of applicant to administer the funds, as well as address the capacity of any partner or contractor that will be utilized. Applicant must include a resolution from the applicant’s governing body giving applicant the authority to apply for and participate in this RFP.
Resume/Prospectus/Biography of each Team Member
Timeline of Project
Photographs, if applicable (site photos)
Project Location Map
ITEMS NEEDED BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2022:
Budget – Sources/Uses and Completed Proforma
List of available Housing in Community
Letters of Support (City/County, Realtors, Schools, Community, Employers, etc.) Make sure they are aware of the scope of work and no form letters.
Information regarding Job Creation
List of Employers in area, # of employees, Open Positions?
What are the unmet housing needs? What are the problems?
What is the future/expanded housing needs? Will the proposed housing meet the proposed wages of new or expanding businesses concerning housing affordability?
How does project provide a solution to the workforce needs in the community?
Signed Energy and Accessibility Certification (example attached)
Information for Project Narratives
Housing Needs - See Attachment B
Rural Housing Incentive District (optional)
Housing Needs Analysis submitted to Department of Commerce
Redevelopment Plan submitted to Department of Commerce
Secretary of Commerce approval
Other/General - Agree to implement a recapture provision, agree to compliance monitoring/reporting requirements, including monthly status reports.
Questions can be directed to Corina Cox or Justine Benoit, NWKP&DC (785) 421-2151
CDBG 3rd Thursday Notes 7/21/22
Application workshop will be September 21, 2022 in McPherson, Kansas – Mark your calendars!
Deadlines for CF and W/S (with consent orders) will be February 1, 2023. Housing, DTCR and Urgent Need are open rounds.
Maximum Funding Amounts/Criteria
Regional Water - $1,000,000 – Must have two entities to combine to one system. Start with feasibility study – can apply for $12,500. Complete the study within one year. Open round
Water/Sewer (with consent order) $2,000,000 – Eligible applicants listed below will be sent an RFQ within the next few weeks. They will have until October 1 to respond. Those communities with feasible projects will be notified by November 15 to arrange attending a KIAC meeting. After KIAC, if the project continues to be feasible, community will be given a full application that is due February 1, 2022.
CDBG obtained list of communities with consent orders from KDHE. The list is as follows:
· Sewer – Miami County and Herndon
· Water – Lucas, Palco, Bunker Hill, Burr Oak, Copeland, Bushton, Reno County and Waterville
· Child Care Centers - $3,000,000 – must be for a non-profit in good standing with the Secretary of State. Eligible projects include new construction of a building, renovation of an existing building and architectural costs. Operating funds are not eligible. 51% of the beneficiaries must be LMI at the time of the service at the facility. Cannot be for an at home daycare.
· Trails/Sidewalks - $1,000,000 – Focus is on providing access from LMI neighborhoods to essential services.
· Community/Recreation Centers, Libraries and Parks $3,000,000 – Swimming pools are eligible.
Youth Job Training - $500,000 – Priority in this category will be for self-sufficiency projects – resume, job coaching, job training, etc. Local data must prove there is a need for employment.
Removal of ADA Barriers - $500,000 – The focus of the program will be on accessible entrances of businesses. Eligible items include doors, ramps, chairlifts, widening, and architectural costs. A community can apply for one or more buildings but is limited to $50,000 per building.
Housing - $2,000,000 – Open round
Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation $1,500,000 – Open round
Urgent Need - $100,000 – Open as needed
Note: There was no discussion concerning CV4 (Covid relief funds for minority/women owned businesses).
It is imperative that all potential applicants get started with application preparation as soon as possible. If you have a proposed application, please contact Corina Cox or Justine Benoit at (785) 421-2151. If you have already discussed a potential application with staff, please give us a call or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your plans and make sure you are on our list. Thank you!
The Kansas Dept. of Commerce CDBG program will have Four catagories this year.... All other categories will be paused.
1.) Early Childhood Centers,
Non-profit - Can involve a school district,
Must address KDHE licensing requirements
Must be LMI at time of service – self certification form
2.) Community Recreation Centers, Parks and Libraries
Splash pads are eligible. •
Sidewalks and Trails
Trails cannot be for just recreation
3.) Removal of ADA barriers.
Limited clientele applies and not limited to number of persons benefiting.
For for-profit businesses and govt entities
4.) Water/Sewer - Regional water planning grants will be funded at $1M instead of $2M.
Focused funding will be provided for water projects that have consent orders only.
They are concerned about dangerous conditions such as Nitrates.
KIAC will be restarted for eligible applicants after they discuss this with their funding partners. Commercial Rehabilitation $1.5M total – slum and blight and job creation only. ADA moved to CF category. Housing Will go to an open round beginning in January. HIAC meetings remaining are 7/20, 9/14, and 11/16.
CV4 $2M available – will be for Minority and Women owned firms only as they faced more barriers.
Job Training New category added for all job training – not just for the arts.
Grant Writing and Administration of awarded grants, are all part of the services available thru the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission.
The Small Cities 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.
CDBG awards are given in four primary categories:
Contact Corina Cox or Justine Benoit to determine your City/County needs and eligibility, and to discuss application process.
NORTHWEST KANSAS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION -
319 N. Pomeroy - P.O. Box 248
Hill City, Kansas 67642
FAX: (785) 421-3496
Randy Hrabe - Executive Director
Corina Cox - Economic Development Coordinator
Justine Benoit - Economic Development Coordinator
Julia Kollman - Business Finance Officer
Chris Noltimier - Housing Specialist
Autumn Cox - Housing Assistant
Ruth Deines - Fiscal Officer
Andrea Klaus - Administrative Assistant