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$850,000 Funding Announced for Downtown Building Revitalization
February 13, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $850,000 has been made available to fund a new round of Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. The HEAL program, which is funded by the …

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Commerce and Patterson Family Foundation Announce More Funding Available for Revitalizing Downtown Buildings
September 7, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced a second round of Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants intended for revitalizing downtown buildings in small communities across the state. The HEAL program, …

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Commerce Announces SEED Grant Recipients Supporting Economic Development
December 16, 2022

Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the award recipients for the new Strategic Economic Expansion and Development (SEED) grant program. In total, 61 recipients will receive nearly $2.7 million to invest …

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Commerce Department, Patterson Family Foundation Team Up to Help Downtown Areas Throughout Kansas
July 26, 2022

TOPEKA – It is a familiar sight in smaller Kansas communities throughout the state: vibrant downtown districts whose allure is somewhat diminished by one or two vacant or dilapidated buildings. In many cases, a major barrier …

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Fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) Grant Recipients Announced
December 23, 2022

Governor Laura Kelly today announced the recipients of the fall 2022 Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grants. A total of 15 projects from across the state are receiving almost $773,000 in matching grant funds. HEAL …

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Governor Kelly Announces 37 Rural Mural Projects Completed in 2022
February 3, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that 37 murals were completed in 14 Kansas communities in 2022 through the Office of Rural Prosperity’s (ORP) Rural Mural and Public Art Grant Programming. These grants helped …

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Governor Laura Kelly Awards Over $4M in Tax Credits to 29 Kansas Nonprofits
July 12, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today awarded $4.1 million in Community Service Tax Credits (CSP) to bolster the fundraising efforts of 29 nonprofit organizations across Kansas that improve local access to quality child care, healthcare, education, …

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Russell – Where generations care for each other
May 19, 2022

Russell is more than just the hometown of Senator Bob Dole and a Main Street City. It is a community of 4,400 people who take care of each other. Part of the city’s vision is …

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Wichita County Childcare Center Perseveres with CSP
August 14, 2022

Having the backbone and grit to overcome any no is a Wild West mentality, to be sure. For Wichita County, a frontier county in western Kansas, it is as necessary today as it was in …

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Across Kansas, there are successes ignited by communities working together for the economic growth and sustainability of their culture, places, and people. Community Development programs and investments fuel community-driven success.

  • Kansas Main Street provides programming and technical assistance for downtown development.
  • Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission provides support for the development of arts, culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Rural Opportunity Zones offer an incentive for college graduates to grow their life in rural Kansas counties.
  • Community Development Block Grants fund essential infrastructure such as waterlines and streets and sidewalks, community facilities and services such as childcare, parks, playgrounds, broadband and community centers, and housing rehabilitation.
  • Community Service Tax Credits increase the impact of Kansas non-profits and public health care organizations for children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care projects.
  • The Rural Housing Incentive District Act provides an opportunity for cities to capture valuation increases on housing developments and upper-story housing downtown for critical improvements.

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