Jan 30, 2023
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced $40 million will be made available under the ARPA Building Opportunities for the Disabled and Elderly (ABODE) and State Park Revitalization and Investment in Notable Tourism (SPRINT) grant programs. The ABODE program will provide $10 million in funding for new construction projects and renovation of affordable multi-dwelling housing units for persons with disabilities and the elderly. The SPRINT program will distribute $30 million for investments in regional tourism assets and state parks.
The funds were designated by the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Executive Committee and approved by the State Finance Council in December.
“In order for us to continue on our path of historic growth, we must continue to invest in quality-of-life assets,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Providing quality housing for all Kansans and developing attractive regional tourist destinations will help us create strong, inviting communities across the state.”
ABODE applications can include health and safety renovations to existing buildings or construction of new multi-housing units that accommodate individuals who are elderly and/or disabled. Project design, engineering costs and architectural designs are also permitted as eligible expenditures. Awardees will have two years to complete their projects and utilize all awarded funds.
Eligible ABODE applicants include:
SPRINT applications can include, but are not limited to:
Eligible SPRINT applicants include:
The ABODE and SPRINT grant applications both open at 2:00 p.m. today, with submissions closing at 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 27 for the ABODE program and Tuesday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. for the SPRINT program.
Informational webinars will be available to the public, with SPRINT’s webinar beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, and ABODE’s webinar beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2. Registration for the webinars and guidelines for the grant applications can be found at www.kansascommerce.gov/abode/ and www.kansascommerce.gov/sprint/.
Applicants can contact [email protected] for any questions regarding this funding opportunity.