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Funding

A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19: The health and safety of our visitors and residents is our highest priority. Financial assistance may be available for employers and workers during these challenging times. The button below will take you to the most recent available resources and contact information for assistance.

Various forms of funding, grants, sponsorship and even tax incentive opportunities are sometimes available.

Tax incentives

Historic preservation tax incentives
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Tax Aspects of the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives in Kansas.

Funding Opportunities

Known tourism grant and sponsorship applications available.

Crawford County Community Event Sponsorship
For events that both (1) increase awareness of Crawford County, Kansas as a destination for visitors; and, (2) targets both residents and visitors to Crawford County. Must be submitted 90 days prior to the event.
Provider: Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Details & Form

AARP Community Challenge
Provides small grants to fund “quick-action” projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology, civic engagement and more — all while keeping communities safe and healthy during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Applications due: May 15 (in 2020)
Grantees announced publicly: August 20 (in 2020)
Projects must be completed: December 18 (in 2020)
Details

Arts Integration Program
Supports the role the arts play in all levels of education, community service, and workforce development. Grants awarded for Visiting Artists, Integrated Arts Education, and Innovative Partnerships.
Provider: Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC)
Details & Form

Attraction Development Grant
Provide assistance in the development of new tourism attractions or the enhancement of existing attractions within the State.
Provider: Kansas Travel & Tourism
Opens: March 1
Closes: April 30
Details & Form

Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas
Funds projects throughout the region for projects in arts and culture, children and youth activities, and more.
Details

Crawford County Tourism Development Fund (TDF)
Provides funding for the development and/or enhancement of attractions that both (1) have substantial potential to generate overnight visitations, and (2) will increase the economic impact of tourism in Crawford County, Kansas.

Project must be leveraged with at least 75% of total expenditures coming from other funding sources.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the year, but (1) must be received at least two weeks before the next scheduled CVB advisory Board meeting (held the 2nd Wednesday of every other month unless otherwise posted), and (2) must be received at least 120 days prior to the start of the scheduled projection initiation date.

For complete guidelines and criteria, please call the Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (620) 231-1212.

Humanities For All
Overseen by Humanities Kansas, these grants focus on creative and innovative projects that draw on history, literature, and culture to engage the public with stories that spark conversations. Grant rounds are held in both Summer and Fall. Mini Grants may be submitted at any time.
Details, Guidelines, Getting Started & How to apply

Kansas Heritage Trust Fund
Provides matching funds for the preservation of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Places.
Details

Kansas PRIDE Program
Serves communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and local volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work, helping them to identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Masons, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.
Details

Kansas Rural Preservation
Provide grants to owners of historic properties in rural Kansas communities. Properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places individually or as a contributing property in a National Register listed historic district or properties determined eligible for listing may benefit from this grant; and, must be within a community with a population of less than 30,000 and provide justification of their rural location.
Details

Pritchett Trust
Supports initiatives that improve the quality of life in Crawford County and Southeast Kansas. Named after William and Athlyn Pritchett, since 1994 more than $9 million has been awarded to area non-profits, schools, and service organizations. Managed by BMO Trust and Custody Services, a part of BMO Global Asset Management.
For details, call (414) 287-7250 or email trust.custody (at) bmo.com

Puffin Foundation
Promotes art that educates the public on topical issues. Fine Arts and Video/Film.
Open: September
Deadline: December 15
Details & Form

Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission: CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund
A loan fund available for private enterprises, public and non-profit small business with the goal to help alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and to further the long term economic adjustment objectives of the region served by the SEKRPC.
Details

Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission: Community Development Block Grant Commercial Rehabilitation
The purpose of the CDBG Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation Program grants is to help cities improve the quality of their downtown commercial districts by assisting private property owners in the rehabilitation of blighted structures.
Details

Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission: Revolving Loan Fund
A loan fund available  for private enterprises, public and non-profit small business located within the 12 county region in which the SEKRPC serves.
Details

Strategic Investment Program
Recognizing the role individual artists and creative organizations play in cultural programming, these funds can be used for Organizational Development, New & Expanded Works, or Equipment & Technology.
Provider: Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC)
Details & Form

Tourism Marketing Grant Program (TMGP)
An ongoing grant to assist organizations in innovative, dedicated advertising and marketing.
Provider: Kansas Travel & Tourism
Deadlines: January 1 for March award; and, August 1 for October award
Maximum award: $10,000
Details & Form