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Rural Champions Program

A network of devoted rural champions working to strengthen Kansas communities

The Rural by Choice Champions program is designed to create a network of grassroots individuals who possess the necessary tools to resolve critical community needs in a quick and effective manner. These Rural Champions will receive strategic training, compensation, and paired with resources to assist them.

Developed by the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP), in partnership with the Kansas Sampler Foundation (KSF) and the Patterson Family Foundation, this program will address critical public needs in rural communities and build capacity moving forward.

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ProgramFiscal YearRecipientAmount OfferedAmount ClaimedAmount Remaining Net New Jobs Retained JobsJobs to Date Total Capital InvesmentAddressCityCountyZip CodeBenchmark 1Benchmark 2Benchmark 3Benchmark 4Benchmark 5Benchmark 6# Year(s) Benefit ReceivedStatus: Open/Closed
Rural ChampionFY23Grow Clay$20,800$6,361$14,439n/an/a1n/a517 Court StreetClay CenterClay67432n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Dodge City/Ford County$20,800$8,900$11,900n/an/a1n/a101 E. Wyatt EarpDodge CityFinney67801n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Junction City Main Street$20,800$5,780$15,020n/an/a1n/a131 W 7th StreetJunction CityGeary66441n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Graham County$20,800$10,400$10,400n/an/a1n/a410 PomeroyHill CityGraham67642n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23City of Harper$20,800$4,605$16,195n/an/a1n/a201 W. Main St.HarperHarper67058n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Kingman County$20,800$3,520$17,280n/an/a1n/a324 N Main, PO Box 168KingmanKingman67068n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Lincoln County$20,800$3,438$17,362n/an/a1n/a216 E Lincoln AveLincolnLincoln67455n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Linn County$20,800$7,449$13,351n/an/a1n/a315 Main Street, PO Box 350Mound CityLinn66056n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Community Foundation for Independence$20,800$10,400$10,400n/an/a1n/aPO Box 1003Independence Montgomery67301n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Morton county$20,800$9,560$11,240n/an/a1n/a400 E Orchard, PO Box 1269ElkhartMorton67950n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Wallace County$20,800$10,040$10,760n/an/a1n/a313 N Main, PO Box 70Sharon Springs Wallace67758n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open
Rural ChampionFY23Unified School District 294 – Oberlin$20,800$10,300$10,500n/an/a1n/a131 E CommercialOberlinDecatur67749n/an/an/an/an/an/a1open

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