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COVID Resiliency (CVR)



Funding Limit


Not Required


Now Closed



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    All cities and counties eligible for state CDBG funds are eligible to apply
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    Companies must have been in operation prior to March 1, 2020
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    51% of the company’s employees must be low-to-moderate income qualified


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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

$2,000,000 is allocated for the CDBG COVID Resiliency (CDBG-CVR) program in 2023. Communities can request up to $150,000 for eligible expenses.

Qualifying Projects

  1. For upgrades allowing businesses to remain open, preventing future closures due to community illnesses and health emergencies. May require a Preliminary Architecture Report depending on the scope.
    • Any projects that include construction will need to include Davis-Bacon wage rates and potentially an environmental review.
  2. Technology, hardware, and software upgrades including infrastructure, devices, and applications.
  3. Ecommerce updates including online inventory management and website enhancements.
  4. Professional development and training for business enhancements.
  5. Other updates that can be directly related to resiliency improvements.

Selection Criteria

Should any document be missing, incorrect or otherwise have deficiencies we will contact the applicant for corrections. Applications will be awarded on a 100-point rubric.

  • Funds will be prioritized for for-profit businesses that have a majority ownership by a socially or economically disadvantaged person or persons as defined in 15 CFR 1400.4.
  • Must have a zero balance with CDBG Local Revolving Loan Fund (RFL & ML).
  • National Objective is job retention and over 51% of employees must meet LMI per company.
  • Businesses with five or fewer employees are eligible to receive up to $30,000. Businesses between six and 50 employees are eligible to receive up to $50,000.
  • Should any document be missing, incorrect or otherwise have deficiencies we will contact the applicant for corrections. Applications will be awarded on a 100-point rubric.

Program Overview Webinar
  • CDBG Specialist, Brandon Hutton, covers important information and best practices on how to apply for these funds and how they can be used to help communities.


Is this a competitive grant?

Yes. CVR is a competitive grant program. You can learn more about the application scoring by looking at the CVR guidelines.

Who can apply for this grant?

Any cities/counties that are eligible for state CDBG funds are eligible to apply for this grant. Like the other CDBG grants, only cities/counties can apply. The cities and counties ineligible include Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan, Overland Park, and all of Johnson County; and those that have a balance in their CDBG Local Revolving Loan Funds. These entities will not be eligible to apply.

Can nonprofit organizations apply for this funding?

CVR funding is only available to for-profit businesses under 50 total employees.

Will this funding be allowed to fund construction projects?

Yes. However, the funding is limited up to $50,000 for each business (based on size) and $150,000 per city/county. Construction projects will use a large part of these funds, so it might be better to look for other funding sources if you’re interested in construction projects.

If my city/county applied for CV funds in the past, am I eligible to apply for CVR funds?

Yes. This funding is available to all eligible CDBG cities/communities. See the program guidelines for a list of ineligible communities.

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Tips for Success

If you are a city/county looking at this funding, be sure to target the interested businesses prior to starting your application. This will be important when writing your narrative.

The intention of this grant is to provide enhancements to businesses to keep them from closing down in the event of a future pandemic or public health emergency with the overall goal of keeping people employed.

This CV grant is different from prior grants. Be sure to read through the program guidelines and FAQs. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Women and minority owned businesses were impacted disproportionately from COVID-19. Be sure to include these businesses when deciding which businesses can benefit from these funds the most.

Community Showcase Map

See other communities that have received funding in past years

How to Apply


LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

View LMI Family Income Limits for
Persons in
LMI Family Income Limit*

*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2023 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.


Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

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Have Questions?

Email Timothy Parks, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 480-8072