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Community Service Program (CSP)
Tax Credits

Amplifying fundraising activities for non-profits.

Program Overview

The Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits help non-profit organizations and public health care entities fund important projects related to community improvements, children and family services, crime prevention, youth apprenticeship or training, and healthcare.

Under this program certain non-profits are authorized to offer tax credits to donors supporting approved projects. Organizations in rural areas (<15,000 population) can get a 70% credit, while those in urban areas (>15,000 population) get a 50% credit.

Total Funding

In 2024, $4.1 million in state tax credits are available for CSP. The maximum tax credit award for a project is $200,000.

Qualifying Projects

Each proposal shall address one of the following areas in order to qualify:

  • Community service, including childcare
  • Non-governmental crime prevention
  • Youth apprenticeship and technical training
  • Healthcare services

Selection Criteria

The Department of Commerce will evaluate all proposals based on project need, innovation, agency capacity, planning, community support, and confidence in the project being completed.

Key considerations include:

  • Describing the community need that the proposed project will benefit.
  • Addressing the impact of the project on the community with projected statistical results.
  • Demonstrating how the project will impact the community and how broad-based support has been gathered.
  • Providing pledge letters from committed project donors along with a detailed fundraising plan.
  • Demonstrating the ability and capacity to complete the project.
  • Download the program guidelines for more information on program requirements.

Who Qualifies

  • Kansas non-profit corporations and foundations
    NOTE: City and County Governments are NOT eligible to apply.

Application Period

The CSP application period is from March 1 to April 30, 2024. The $250 application fee can be paid here.

Application Details

Applications for CSP projects will be accepted March 1 to April 30, 2024 for projects starting after July 1, 2024. Click below to begin your application.

To be added to the CSP Mailing List and to receive emails about opportunities and deadlines, click below.

Right photo: Ribbon cutting for the Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City’s youth learning lab.
Banner photo: Flint Hills Discovery Center “Prairie Playscape” project, Manhattan.

Upcoming Webinar

Applications for the competitive Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP) open March 1, 2024. During this webinar, participants will learn the ins and outs of the program, discover what the Department of Commerce will be looking for in applications, and be able to ask questions.

Left photo: Catholic Charities Adult Day Service outdoor recreation campus, Wichita.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Tax Credits?

State tax credits reduce the total amount of taxes owed to the state. They are a way for a taxpayer to substantially reduce the cost of making a contribution to a charitable organization. These credits are refundable AND transferable.

Who is eligible for Tax Credits?

The tax credit is for contributions made by business firms or individuals subject to Kansas income tax, Kansas privilege tax or the premium tax or privilege fees imposed on insurance companies. The minimum amount that can be donated is $250. There is no maximum amount.

What is the Department of Commerce’s role in selling the tax credits?

It is the responsibility of the nonprofit organization to solicit donations, complete the necessary paperwork and send the information to the Kansas Department of Commerce for processing. The Kansas Department of Commerce will provide contact information to potential donors interested in donating.

Tips for Success

Ensure your project is new or one-time in nature. Previously awarded CSP projects are not eligible to apply, even if award years are not consecutive.

Securing at least 50% of your anticipated needed donations through signed pledge letters will result in a higher rating on applications.

Address the impact of the project on the community with projected statistical results. Include historical data on the target group that supports the project.

Gathering letters of support is a great way to enhance your application. Get a broad base of community leaders to confirm the importance of your project.

Community Showcase Map

See communities that have received funding in past years.

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  • KDC CSP FY22 Projects
  • KDC CSP FY23 Projects
  • KDC CSP FY24 Projects

CSP Program Awards

2023-2024 Awardees
Tax Credit %Organization NameCityProject DescriptionContactPhone #Credits Awarded
70%Attica Hospital District #1AtticaConverting a 1950’s addition into private rooms with private ADA bathrooms and showers for nine elders who call Attica Long Term Care home.Holly Noble(620) 254-7253$115,400.00
70%Bethel CollegeNorth NewtonA student and community wellness facility with a gymnasium, weightlifting space, two lane walking track, large open lobby for social events, climbing wall and more.Pam Tieszen(316) 284-5349$115,600.00
50%Big Lakes Developmental Center, Inc.ManhattanThe Raise the Roof Capital Improvement Project includes solar panel installation, interior remodeling, HVAC system and concrete replacements.Lori Feldkamp(785) 776-9201$115,400.00
70%Bluejay Education FoundationCimarronThe purchase of a CNC router and plasma-cutting machine to provide students hands-on training with new technologies.Mike Waters(620) 855-7743$42,295.00
70%Buhler Sunshine Home, Inc.BuhlerSunshine Meadows Retirement Community is creating a Homes Plus Memory Care Center designated specifically for residents in early onset stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.Hazel Brott(620) 543-2251$115,400.00
50%Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, Inc.HaysRedevelopment of an existing building into a permanent Hays-area service center, focused on serving 16 of Kansas’s most northwest counties.Megan Robl(785) 825-0208$115,400.00
50%Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick CountyWichitaA medical suite is being added to provide onsite assistance for child and teen victims who have experienced physical and sexual abuse.Diana Schunn(316) 660-9494$115,600.00
70%Citizens FoundationColbyBuilding of a new state-of-the art, all-in-one facility and the purchase of equipment in a labor and delivery room.Jen Schoenfeld(785) 460-1264$115,400.00
70%Clay Center Community Improvement FoundationClay CenterA new childcare facility in Clay Center next to Lincoln Elementary School.Morree Floersch(785) 632-4954$199,999.00
70%Coffeyville Regional Medical Center FoundationCoffeyvilleMoving the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) from its current location in an outdated, inefficient building to a new 13,125-square-foot building directly across the street, reducing maintenance and overhead costs.Mary Loftus(620) 251-1200$115,600.00
70%Emporia Community Foundation (on behalf of the Olpe Community Involvement Committee)OlpeThe Olpe Community Health & Wellness Initiative will provide a vehicle to develop and improve healthy lifestyles and educational offerings in our region.Heather Hogan(620) 392-5510$115,400.00
50%Empower Evergreen, Inc.WichitaEngaging the Hispanic community in creating greater individual and family self- sufficiency to launch and grow small business ventures.Ariel Rodriguez(316) 351-8612$115,400.00
70%Etzanoa Conservancy IncArkansas CityBuilding a cultural and immersion center to save and retain Etzanoa artifacts and academic research so as to present Etzanoan history and heritage to more than 80,000 projected visitors, annually.Sandy Randel(620) 446-2741$115,600.00
50%Exploration Place, Inc.WichitaThe EP2 Initiative includes the construction of a riverfront amphitheater, 5-acre destination playscape and a standalone education center.Kimberly Cronister(316) 660-0600$84,000.00
50%FosterAdopt Connect, Inc.KCKConnecting the Dotte’ Project funds and creates a unique young adult center for youth who have aged out of the foster care system but are struggling to create a meaningful life.Mike Othic(816) 350-0215$115,600.00
50%Friends of JCDS, Inc.LenexaCompletion of two homes, three bedroom each that are accessible and will remain affordable for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Janel Bowers(913) 826-2270$41,580.00
70%High Point Advocacy and Resource Center, IncColbyBridging the gap from crimes derived from substance abuse, to recovery, they will take their services behind bars and provide access to free licensed substance abuse treatment, certified peer mentoring, and advocacy services to inmates in the local county jails in our service delivery area.Sherry White(785) 460-8463$57,700.00
70%Kiowa District HospitalKiowaExpand the Childcare School-Age Building to to sixty children. The building will encompass a FEMA saferoom, mental wellness space, literacy corner, creative art area, and an adequate outdoor playground for physical activity.Summer Graves(620) 825-4131$200,000.00
70%Labette Health FoundationParsonsExpansion of the Independence Healthcare Center (IHC). This project will see critical medical equipment placed into this new expansion to serve the medical needs of the community.Anthony Vaughan(620) 820-5243$84,000.00
70%Lakemary CenterPaolaBuilding a 40 bed dormitory to increase thier licensed bed capacity to 70. The new dormitory has been designed especially for children in an acute psychiatric crisis.Sally Beyers(913) 416-5179$115,600.00
50%League 42 Foundation, Inc.WichitaThe growing number of registrations by inner city families requires that an additional field be built and that two existing fields be renovated to create capacity to serve more children.Robert Swanson(316) 655-1028$115,600.00
70%Medicine Lodge Daycare, Inc.Medicine LodgeCurrently operating at a license capacity of 24 children, this expansion project strives to renovate a deteriorating Main Street building to not only help lessen the burden of a strained childcare system, but also give new life to a rural community’s downtown business district.Sarah Meador(620) 337-2101$40,000.00
50%No Stone Unturned Foundation, Inc.ManhattanThe “No Need Unmet” Capital Campaign will secure the funds to construct a 20,000 sq ft new, state-of-the-art, customized pediatric therapy center.Kelly Keogh(785) 320-7093$115,600.00
50%Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, LTDWichitaThe Second Century project includes rehabilitation and restoration of the stage, main auditorium, and grand balcony. There were once 120 Orpheum Theatres throughout the country, now only 17 remain, and Wichita is the only one not restored.Rachel Banning(316) 771-7983$115,600.00
70%Pratt Health FoundationPrattThe Pratt Daycare Project will provide daycare space for up to 110 children from infant through preschool age (up to 5). To accomplish this project, the Pratt Childcare Foundation has been incorporated and tasked with the process of renovating an approximately 21,000 square foot facility over two phases.DeWayne Bryan(620) 672-6411$200,000.00
70%Rooks County Healthcare FoundationPlainvilleA dedicated transportation facility to house the Rooks County Transportation Services (RCTS) transit vans and the completion of the RCH childcare group home, the Nest #2, campus.Eric Sumearll(785) 688-4428$200,000.00
70%Rotary Club of SubletteSubletteConsturction of a 2700 sq. ft. community splash pad with 9 water features, 11 sprays, landscaping, shade structures, and benches.Kelley Linn(620) 805-9912$115,400.00
70%Sedan City HospitalSedanThis project is for the radiology department at a Critical Access Hospital. It will replace a broken xray machine, install a ceiling support track, table for patients, mounted wall holder for xray cassettes and necessary supplies as well as paint, flooring and lighting updates.Michelle Williams(620) 725-3115$81,184.00
70%St. John’s Child Development CenterEllinwoodThe project includes the remodel and conversion of new classroom spaces to create operational efficiencies and add new childcare slots for toddlers and children ages 3-4. A full kitchen and playground will be co-located in the building designed and customized for a safe learning environment.Tricia Schlessiger(620) 564-2885$160,300.00
50%Stormont Vail FoundationTopekaThe expansion and renovation of the Cardiovascular Procedure Center (CVPC). This project will increase capacity to meet patient demand, add new and update existing technology, and create a Radial Lounge designed to best meet the recovery needs of most cardiac catherization patients.Tina Long(785) 354-5995$115,400.00
70%Sunporch of Smith Center, IncSmith CenterRemodel and additions to increase the total capacity of elders served from 11 to 15 in each of the two homes (from 22 to 30 combined).Jona Freel(785) 407-0849$115,400.00
50%The Kansas African American Museum, Inc.WichitaAn Innovation Laboratory and Cultural Center.Denise Sherman(316) 262-7651$84,000.00
70%Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc.WaKeeneyRenovations and improvements to the current facility to ensure state-of-the-art medical services and equipment and an expansion to include private inpatient rooms with accessible private bathrooms.Trego Hospital Endowment(785) 743-2070$115,400.00
70%Valley Hope AssociationAtchisonRenovation of a recently acquired 21,000 square foot building, adjacent to the existing center to create a Clinical Care Center with space for counseling, workshops, and a gymnasium to improve the patient experience and privacy.Megan OConnor(785) 877-5111$84,000.00
50%Wareham Hall Renovation FundManhattanThe Wareham Hall renovation aims to transform the historic Wareham Opera House into a state-of-the-art music and performance venue, bolstering Manhattan’s arts and cultural scene.Blade Mages(785) 614-1442$115,400.00
50%Wichita Public Library Foundation Inc.WichitaOutreach services will provide additional access to library services for those with low access to resources and to collectively increase reading at grade level (age 8) to provide educational opportunities.Kristi Oberg(316) 204-1348$115,600.00
Download a PDF of Awardees
CONTACT

Sara Bloom, Community Development Specialist IDA and CSP Tax Credit Program Coordinator

785-506-9278

[email protected]

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