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Grants For Community Development

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SCKEDD can help rebuild, restore, and reignite your communities

The grants listed here are not for individuals, but for cities that we serve in the following Kansas counties:

Individual grants for weatherization assistance can be found here.

From helping cities and county governments update low-income housing to helping create solutions for emergency fixes to building playgrounds and senior centers, our programs improve quality of life.

Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC) 

CDBG Community Development Block Grant Program


CDBG Competitive Grants


1. Water/Sewer Grant- Maximum award is $2,000 per beneficiary. Projects with less than 5,000 beneficiaries are eligible for up to $600,000 in CDBG funds. Project with 5,000 or more beneficiaries are eligible for up to $700,000 in CDBG funding. Project may consist of, but are not limited to, Waterline Replacement, Water Tower repairs and coating, Lift Stations, Lagoons, Treatment plants, Sewer Line Replacement.


2. Community Improvements- The Community Facilities and Services Grant is split in to 4 subcategories:


  • Parks, splash pads, ball fields and playground equipment. (Minimum $50,000.00 Maximum $350,000.00).

       Infrastructure- Streets, Sidewalks, Bridges, Trails (Max award of $600,000.00 for populations 5,000 and under, Max award of               $750,000.00 for populations above 5,000).

  • Fire Stations, Library, Community Center, Storm Shelters. (Max award of $600,000.00 for populations 5,000 and under, Max award of $750,000.00 for populations above 5,000).

  • Gas, Electrical, fire trucks, broadband, demolition, daycare, emergency alert systems ((Max award of $600,000.00 for populations 5,000 and under, Max award of $750,000.00 for populations above 5,000).


3. Housing Rehabilitation Eligible activities for Housing grants include: Home rehabilitation, demolition, neighborhood development, and homebased business rehabilitation. All homeowner households receiving assistance must meet LMI guidelines. Rental rehabilitation may include existing rental housing or the conversion of existing non-housing structures to new housing.

Before a community considers a housing grant, they MUST complete a Housing Assessment Tool (HAT) to determine their needs and are encouraged to attend a Housing Interagency Advisory Committee meeting. The maximum grant amount for housing is $300,000.00 and neighborhood development is $500,000.00.


4. Community Service Tax Credit Program- The Community Service Tax Credit Program (CSP) provides an opportunity for private, non-profit organizations and public health care entities to improve their ability to undertake major capital campaigns for project involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care.

  • Under this program, the state authorizes specially selected non-profit organizations to offer tax credits to donors making contributions to the approved project.

  • Applicants may request up to $200,000.00 in tax credits. Applicant organizations in rural areas with population less than 15,000 are eligible for a 70 percent credit. Applicant organizations in non-rural areas are eligible for a 50 percent credit.

CDBG Non-Competitive Grants

1. Commercial Rehabilitation Grant- Maximum award is $250,000. This program is designed to assist private business owners in rehabilitating downtown commercial buildings. The buildings must house viable businesses that will carry on for –profit business activity.


2. Urgent Need Grants Grant- Maximum award is $400,000. Application must be received within six months of the occurrence.  These awards assist local government in meeting the community needs created by a severe natural or other disaster that pose an immediate threat to health or welfare of the community and for which no other financial resources are available. These applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis throughout the year.


3. Economic Development Grant- The applicant may apply for up to $35,000 per job, with a maximum ceiling of $750,000. The minimum level of funding is $25,000. Business finance grants to cities of counties are, in turn, loaned to provide gap financing for private businesses that create or retain permanent jobs. Funding is also available for infrastructure improvements that directly create or retain permanent jobs. At least 51 percent of the jobs created or retained by the for-profit entity must meet HUD’s LMI Standard.


4. Kansas Regional Water Grant- Maximum award is $1,000,000. The Regional water projects would encompass two or more municipalities/entities who voluntarily agree they must solve a drinking water related need.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Award- The ceiling is $50,000 that provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing occupied by low and very low-income people in rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people.

Topeka Federal Home Loan Bank


Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Grant- Maximum award is $750,000 the grant will provide financing for owner-occupied and rental housing to address the needs of very low, low, and moderate income households.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation


Moderate Income Housing (MIH)- The MIH program serves the needs of moderate-income households, those families that cannot afford market-rate housing, yet don’t qualify for federal housing assistance. MIH grants and/or loans are awarded to cities and counties to develop multi-family rental units, single-family for-purchase homes, and water, sewer and street extension in communities with populations fewer than 60,000 people. MIH awards also help finance construction costs, rehabilitate unsafe or dilapidated vacant housing, and offer down-payment assistance to homebuyers. The max award is $650,000.00

U.S. Economic Development Administration


Economic Development Administration (EDA)- EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment.

Cost of Services - Grant Writing


Member Community

Member communities are charged a lower member fee and are entitled to any assistance we can provide.


Non-Member Community

Non-member communities do not pay dues to SCKEDD and are charged a slightly higher fee for Grant Writing services.


Grant Writing

SCKEDD charges a flat fee for Grant Writing services. Per Kansas Department of Commerce guidelines, grant writing and fees associated with the application process are not an eligible expense for grant funds and/or local match. In our commitment to serve our communities, we try to keep our Grant Writing Fees as low as possible.

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