CORONAVIRUS: State announces additional $9 million in CDBG funding beginning Tuesday Featured

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Another tool has been added to the state's tool kit for helping the Kansas business community continue to weather the coronavirus pandemic.

During her first of three weekly press conferences Monday, Governor Laura Kelly announced the state is now able to make more than $9 million in additional Community Development Block Grant funds available thanks to the federal CARES Act. The new program is known as the CDBG Coronavirus Response Supplemental program.

According to Governor Kelly, the funds will be dispersed through two separate categories, economic development and meal programs with the funds being utilized to target "significant areas of need." Governor Kelly says businesses may use funds from the economic development grants for working capital such as wages, utilities, rent and inventory purchases.

The meal program grants will be available for programs that serve Kansans in need such as local food banks, Meals on Wheels or similar organizations and to provide meals for students who have no access to school nutrition programs.

Kelly says there are specific guidelines that must be met in order to qualify for the CDBG grants.

Cities and counties are able to apply for up to $300,00 for economic development grants and $100,000 for meal programs. Applications for the program will be available Tuesday at 1 pm and will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until all of the available funds have been dispersed.

Separately, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported it will be shifting its COVID-19 case reporting procedures beginning Monday. KDHE will now only update their maps and case summaries Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Governor Kelly will continue her scheduled news briefings Wednesday at 2 pm. You can listen to the press conference in its entirety on KVOE 1400 am, 96.9 fm and

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