Boosting Economic Revitalization: $275K Infusion to Transform 13 Kansas Communities


TOPEKA, KS (WIBW) – Around $275,000 is coming to 13 rural Kansas communities to help revitalize the economy.

Kansas Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland recently announced the new Strategic Economic Expansion and Development grant awardees. In total, 13 grantees will receive approximately $275,000 to invest in local communities across the state.

“Our state’s smallest communities are finding new and effective ways to become more economically viable and productive,” said David Toland, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce. “The quality-of-life investments being made through this program will generate economic development success and prosperity for Kansans now and in the future.”

According to Commerce officials, all recipients are located in communities with a population of 5,000 or less, as required by state law. They must also give a minimum of 10% match and execute the projects within one year. Projects must focus on economic growth and regeneration initiatives in one of the following ways:

  • Childcare and elder programs – projects such as building upgrades, instructional materials, supplies, and equipment that support or enhance these services.
  • Community vitality refers to projects that revitalize and enhance the appeal of rural areas, such as art installations, murals, and signage.
  • Food retail – projects involving the development, renovation, and extension of food retail enterprises.
  • Libraries – programs that promote free and open access to a wide range of products and services, such as reading materials, technology, furnishings, and building renovations.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the program’s funds, which come from the Technology Enabled Fiduciary Financial Institutions Development and Expansion Fund.

AwardeeCountyAward AmountCategory
Doniphan Darlings Inc.Doniphan$22,189Childcare and Senior Programming
Blue Rapids Community ActionMarshall$12,085Community Vibrancy
Cimarron Community DevelopmentGray$18,069Community Vibrancy
City of BeloitMitchell$25,000Community Vibrancy
City of North NewtonHarvey$25,000Community Vibrancy
City of St. Francis Tri-Angle ParkCheyenne$25,000Community Vibrancy
City of ZenadaKingman$24,512Community Vibrancy
Hodgeman Co. Eco-DevoHodgeman$24,129Community Vibrancy
Smith CountySmith$7,200Community Vibrancy
Woodson County RevitalizationWoodson$25,000Community Vibrancy
City of HillsboroMarion$25,000Food Retail
Galena Public LibraryCherokee$16,800Libraries
Mary Cotton Public LibraryNemaha$25,000Libraries

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