Updated: Mar 4
MOUND CITY – Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower and Linn County Commissioner Rick James presented information at the commission meeting about the Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) grant that is being offered through the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC).
Hightower said that she was planning on writing a grant but that it was going to be a very competitive process as the maximum grant request can be as high as $25 million.
James said that he had heard about it from several people, including a city and former Public Works Director Jackie Messer. James said that the negative part was that the grant was due by Feb. 28.
The BASE grant application process opened Monday, Jan. 31. It is for specifically focused on business development and expansion related projects. Applicants are required to document how this project was delayed or affected negatively due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting negative economic conditions.
According to the Kansas Department of Commerce website, there is a minimum 25 percent match required. Funds for matching can be from a variety of resources including the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) money and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Things that are eligible for funding are:
Infrastructure associated with the development of new business parks
Development of infrastructure required to support business expansions
Renovation of existing business parks to bring them up to modern standards
Development of infrastructure such as railroad spurs, water, wastewater, stormwater and other utilities
Business park signage
Parking facilities directly associated with business attraction projects
Speculative industrial office and residential space
Development of infrastructure related to cybersecurity investments
Other projects that achieve the goal of expanding the state’s base of businesses and residents
Entities that can apply are:
• County or municipal governments
• Economic development organizations
• Recognized tribes within the borders of Kansas
• Private land developers and commercial property owners
• 501c3-designated non-profit organizations
• Local Main Street programs or Main Street affiliates
• Local chambers of commerce
• Community foundations
For more information or an application contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at kansascommerce.gov.