Welcome to the online application portal for the Kansas Department of Commerce! Review and apply for funding opportunities.

Effective July 1, 2023, Governor Kelly signed into law the Kansas Apprenticeship Act (Act), which establishes a tax credit and grant incentive program for apprenticeships. This act establishes an incentive fund for businesses and non-profits hiring registered apprentices. It is separated into 3 specific areas including $7.5 million in tax credits to for-profit businesses*, $2.5 million for non-profits and healthcare, and $3 million for K-12 Education. The incentive fund is a use-it-or-lose-it fund.

This application is for Kansas For-Profit Businesses. This application is needed to verify eligibility and credit amount for each company applying. Please fill out this application for eligibility verification and review.  The Kansas Office of Apprenticeship (KOA) will review this application and, if eligible, you will receive a 'tax credit confirmation' certificate that needs to be submitted with the Kansas Department of Revenue K-24 form and Kansas Tax Return. 

Outlined below, and on our website, are the 'required steps' that each organization will need to take to qualify for the tax credit. More information can be found here - https://ksapprenticeship.org/resource-page/kansas-apprenticeship-tax-and-grant-act/. 

  1. Ensure eligibility of apprentices.
  2. Complete KS Apprenticeship Act - Tax Credit Application form. This needs to be filled out by the company/taxpayer that plans to claim the credits.
  3. KOA will review and send a 'Tax Credit Confirmation' Certificate back to the company to confirm eligibility and the tax credit amount.
  4. The company fills out K-24 Form.

*NOTE* the credit amount allocated for the company will be listed on 'Tax Credit Confirmation' Certificate, which will be needed when filling out Line 1 on the K-24 Form. 

       5. Submit the Tax Credit Confirmation Certificate and K-24 Form with Kansas tax return.
 

Kansas For-Profit Businesses Tax Credits

The Kansas For-Profit Business Tax Credits authorize the Kansas Department of Revenue to award tax credits up to $2,500 for each apprentice employed on their 2023 probationary period expiration date OR 2023 anniversary of said probationary expiration date and may be awarded for up to 20 apprentices employed in each taxable year per eligible employer. 


 

For questions please contact: 

Kansas Office of Apprenticeship - apprenticeship@ks.gov

OR

Kansas Department of Revenue - kdor_tac@ks.gov

If your organization is needing to make a change/amendment to your approved grant project(s), please complete this request form. 

It will be reviewed and you will be notified via email once your change/amendment is approved or denied. 

If your organization is needing to make a change/amendment to your approved HEAL grant project, please complete this request form.
 

It will be reviewed and you will be notified via email once your change/amendment is approved or denied. 


Kansas Main Street 


The Rural Champions program will provide support needed to fill the gap in driving successes throughout Kansas when there is a lack of capital or the capacity of a dedicated individual to see a project through to completion.

Twelve champions, representing 12 communities, will be selected for this program and will receive a stipend to focus strategically on a critical need for their community from October 2024 - October 2025. Selected Champions will develop an implementation strategy for the identified community need in the first three months and then have the until December 2025 to fully implement this strategy. In this application you will describe the needs in your community and how having a Champion will benefit your community.

Grant amount:

The grant will be a stipend and will be based on $20/hour for 20 hours/week, approximately $20,800. A 25% match of cash &/or in-kind is required for $5,200. A cash match for additional hours is encouraged. The applicant organization is expected to provide a match through in-kind workspace, provided computer and technology access, travel reimbursements, etc. Stipends will be reimbursed quarterly, upon receipt of a quarterly payment and matching funds reports. In addition, each selected Champion will receive a $25,000 implementation grant that will be provided at the end of the year-long initiative.

For full program details, visit https://www.kansascommerce.gov/orp/ruralchampions

Questions can be directed to Kerri Falletti at kerri.falletti@ks.gov or 785-207-5206.

Eligible applicants, in counties with population less than 40,000, include:

  • Division of local government
  • Economic/Community Development
  • Community Foundation
  • Local Chambers of Commerce or Tourism
  • Nonprofits (501(c)3 or 601(c)6)
  • Main Street organizations or Affiliates
  • Federally recognized tribal nations


Examples of eligible community projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Rural grocery/food access
  • Childcare
  • Placemaking/Beautification/Art
  • Trails/Recreation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Co-Working/Maker space
  • Health/Wellness
  • Housing
  • Broadband
  • Regional talent recruitment

Certified Sites Support Grant

The Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC) will provide matching dollars up to $10,000 for eligible entities to utilize towards the completion of the Certified Sites program application.

The funding is available for non-metro counties with a population less than 50,000. Applications from the following counties are not eligible: Butler, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Reno, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, & Wyandotte.

Certified Sites Grant Timeline

January 1, 2023 – Applications Open until funding expires

Use of Funds

Eligible expenditures include the consulting services, marketing costs, and engineering expenditures related to the completion of the Certified Sites program application.

Program Requirements

The requirement period begins upon contract execution.  Eligible costs will only be allowed within this timeframe.  Grantees are required to submit monthly reports to KDC.  Grantees much complete site certification within twelve months of award notification. If additional time is needed, a three-month extension request must be submitted through a formal, written request to KDC.  Extension requests are due 30 days prior to the end of the approved period of completion, and the request must contain the following information:

  1. Progress achieved thus far (including obligated and expended funds).
  2. Timeline detailing key activities needing to be completed.
  3. Compelling justification as to why an extension is required, such as demonstrating a direct cause and effect between external circumstances beyond the recipients control and the inability to complete a certification prior to the end of the twelve-month period.

Changes in Scope

Recipients are prohibited from changing the scope of the funded project. Recipients shall not modify projects and/or incur costs associated with any modifications without first receiving written approval from KDC.

Match Requirement

All applicants are required to provide matching funds on a 1:1 basis.

Eligible sources for matching funds include:

  1. General Operating Funds.
  2. In-Kind donated services related to the Certified Sites Program.
  3. Valuation of Brownfield Program.

Disbursement Method:

Grant funds will be advanced proportional to the proof of matching funds in the following manner: The first disbursement of funds will include 50% of the organization’s grant award, after required match is documented as committed.  All match commitment documentation must clearly identify the dollar amount, the source(s) of the funds, the proposed uses that comply with the requirements of this notice and be signed by the authorized official.  The organization must submit sufficient records to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the agreement for the advanced award amount and the proportional match prior to the release of the second disbursement.

The second disbursement will be advanced similar to the first.  After the submission of the remaining match commitment documentation, the second 50% of the allocation will be disbursed.  Sufficient records are required for 100% of the total project budget, and failure to do so will result in repayment.

Funds will be disbursed within 30 days after all documents are reviewed and substantiated.

Example: An organization is allocated an award of $10,000, and the required match is $10,000. The total project budget is $20,000.  Upon execution of the agreement and documentation is submitted that 50% of the match ($5,000) is committed, 50% of the award ($5,000) will be advanced to the grantee.  Once the first 50% of the total project budget ($10,000) is expended and proof of cost and payment are submitted and approved, the second disbursement of $5,000 will be advanced following the submission of the remaining match commitment documentation ($5,000).

Program Manager

Corrie Ann Campbell

corrie.ann.campbell@ks.gov

785-213-7312

Reports are to be submitted even if no activity has taken place during the quarter and must be submitted by the following dates: January 20 (for qtr ending December 31), April 20 (for qtr ending March 31), July 20 (for qtr ending June 30), and October 20 (for qtr ending September 30).

Overview:

The Barn Adaptation and Restoration Needs (BARN) Grant Program is designed to assist in the revitalization of old barns within the state to support and create new agritourism operations throughout Kansas.

Purpose:

The BARN grant program aims to preserve Kansas barns, reviving underutilized, vacant, or dilapidated structures while fostering new economic activity through agritourism ventures. These building grants are specifically designed to rescue barns from likely demolition or collapse and rehabilitate them into spaces conducive for new or expanding agritourism businesses.

The types of projects we are looking for with the BARN grant are those that will encourage people, particularly from out of state, to visit agritourism locations in Kansas. All projects should have an accountable tie to the tourism industry. The future uses of the barn, transformed through the BARN program, are not solely about preserving historical structures. Rather, they are about repurposing these spaces into vibrant hubs for agritourism activities, thereby injecting new life and economic opportunities into communities. Agritourism ventures capitalize on the appeal of agricultural experiences, offering visitors opportunities to engage with farming, local food production, and rural culture in immersive and educational ways.

These awards assist local government in meeting community needs created by severe natural or other disasters that pose immediate threats to the health or welfare of the community and for which no other financial resources are available.

Application for Urgent Need must be completed within 6 months of the issue occurring.

The purpose of Commercial Rehabilitation grants is to help cities improve the quality of their downtown commercial districts by assisting private property owners in the rehabilitation of blighted buildings. It is hoped that strategic investment of grant funds will help prevent the spread of blighted conditions to other nearby structures.

Application will remain open until all available funds have been obligated. 

Website: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/community-programs/cdbg/cdbg-comm-rehab/

Under the Economic Development category, a private for-profit business or an agricultural cooperative participates with a city or county in the application process.  The city or county is the legal applicant.  The private for-profit business or agricultural cooperative must provide financial information and a business plan as part of the application process.  

All applicants for Economic Development assistance must notify Commerce 10 days prior to submitting an application for funding.  The notification may be in the form of a telephone call, e-mail, fax, or written correspondence.

CDBG funds may be used for infrastructure improvements, land acquisition, site preparation, building construction or renovation, machinery, equipment, lease payments, inventory, payroll and other working capital items.  CDBG funds may not be used for bail-outs or financial restructuring.   A project funded under this category must lead to the creation or retention of permanent jobs in Kansas.

For more information ..... 

Kansas Department of Commerce