The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS is looking to assist local KCK businesses through the new KCK Small Business Resiliency Grant Program. The grant is adopted by the UG Board of Commissioners and is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The UG Resiliency Grant, which has a total of $500,000 in funding, was created to help reduce the financial strain on local businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant funds can be used to help business continue to prepare for changes in the way consumers are doing business. This includes funding for upgrading websites for e-commerce, buildings, and physical plants remediation to comply with safety guidelines, software and technology upgrades, marketing and revenue loss.
Local businesses wanting to apply for this grant are asked to submit the required documentation through the Economic Development’s online applicant registration form here: https://iparametrics-800652.workflowcloud.com/forms/b31992ca-eaf1-4b08-abd4-a37dc2d32afd.
Grant applicants are for eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in funding, and if awarded are not required to accept the full amount of awarded funds.
Priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 25 employees, but local businesses may have up to 100 employees. Eligible businesses need to be located in KCK and must demonstrate a need directly related to the pandemic.
To apply, applicants will need to provide:
• 2019 and 2020 Tax Returns
• 2021 Occupational Tax Certificate
• Secretary of State Registration Certificate (if applicable)
• Lease Agreement or Real Estate Contract
If business owns property: Proof of 2019 and 2020 Property Tax Payments
For each planned expenditure:
• Planned Expenditure Documentation (at least 1 quote for each planned expenditure)
All businesses who receive grant funds are required to complete a business intake and 2 hours of business technical assistance training to assist with resiliency, sustainability and business planning.
Grant request applications will begin to be reviewed starting January 4, 2022. The grant application process will remain open until all funds are distributed.
“Small businesses are at the heart of our local economy,” said Unified Government Small Business Liaison Shaya Lockett. “These grants will provide much-needed assistance to help small businesses in KCK adopt new technology and tools to navigate the impacts of the pandemic on our economy.”
For questions, any application accommodations, including technical assistance about the Small Business Grant Program, contact KCKGMSSupport@iParametricsDS.com or 1-913-386-7600. Phone hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.