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

To provide both technical assistance and training for entities pursuing CDBG funds, we are offering a limited number of $150 scholarships for the Grant Development and Management professional course through Kansas State University. The 8-week course is completely online, and the fee is $250 with a $15 book. Scholarship recipients will also be part of a CDBG-focused cohort that includes a kick-off meeting in person, instructor support throughout the course, and a final meeting for proposal feedback and coaching. Apply by June 8 for the Fall course.


Instructor: Elaine Johannes (ejohanne@ksu.edu)

Course Objectives

Establish grant development basics.

Identify sources of funding information.

Examine the essential components of a proposal.

Increase comfort with grant proposal writing.

Explore best practices for program management.

Class participants will have the opportunity to interact with other students who are taking the course for credit. Following the course, Elaine offers to review grant proposals prior to their submission for a year.


Contact:

Kayla Savage

Director of Community Development Division 

kayla.savage@ks.gov

(785) 213-7056

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).

PURPOSE

The purpose of conducting a housing assessment is to help local communities identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and priorities before allocating resources to implement strategies or solutions that will address those priorities. This assessment should be able to be completed locally. Depending upon local capacity, some communities might decide to hire a facilitator to assist, but locals should drive the process, not the facilitator. It is anticipated that communities conducting a housing assessment will use what is learned to determine goals to resolve housing issues. The community should keep in mind that this assessment is an evolving process that is subject to change depending on community issues and perspectives. Timeliness, while important, should not be the primary factor for the community completing the assessment.

DEFINITIONS

“Strengths” refer to an area or aspect of a community that is advantageous. “Weaknesses” refer to an area or aspect of a community that may or may not need improvement based on community perspectives and/or limited resources. “Opportunities” refer to a favorable combination of circumstances that possibly will lead to an improvement after a specific action is taken. “Priorities” refer to what areas or issues a community is seeking to address first, given community preferences and/or limited local resources. “Strategy/Solution” refers to the action steps taken to address a community priority to take advantage of an opportunity.

Broadband Acceleration Grantees should use the cumulative monthly reporting template for Closeout Report submission (Note the naming convention outlined below) with a few additional details.   Details matter here!  PLEASE ENSURE ALL WORKSHEETS ARE COMPLETED noting the following:

  • NARRATIVE:  please provide narrative details regarding the project completion AND include the Service Tiers and Pricing in the final month.
  • METRICS:   Ensure the METRICS Data for the project are included in the submission based on the project date provided in the Expenditure Worksheet. 
  • BUDGET REVISIONS:  Please identify any budget revisions. A budget revision is necessary for line item budget changes departing from the original budget submission. Please identify the original line item amount, the amount transferring to new line item (or line items) and provide an explanation for each requested revision in a column to the right.    Ex:  Requesting budget revision to transfer $5,000 from grant funded labor to grant funded materials for increased conduit costs.

In addition to the closeout spreadsheet submitted, there are several other required uploads: 

  • Supporting documentation (invoices/receipts) clearly aligned with submitted project expenditures  
  • In-Kind matching documentation for any In-Kind approved as part of the original budget
  • As-built maps (one for Public Consumption, one comprehensive detailed (mark proprietary if need be)
  • Project FTE - New FTE Data
  • Speed Test Documentation
  • Success Story--share the impact and success of this project including any links to video, social media, news articles, press releases, etc.

Thank you in advance for following the naming convention for closeout reporting of the Broadband Acceleration Grants of:  Organization_GeographicIdentifier_BroadbandAccelerationGrantCloseoutReport_Yr1

Example:  StanleyCommunications_Topeka_BroadbandAccelerationGrantCloseoutReport_Yr1

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/

Kansas Department of Commerce