The City of Fort Scott is still accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) grant program.
The City of Fort Scott was recently awarded $132,000 in CDBG-CV funding which will be granted to local businesses facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Qualifying businesses may receive a maximum of $10,000 in grant funding, award allocation will be based on the number of jobs retained.
Businesses located within city limits, and with fewer than 50 employees, and as small as one employee may be eligible to apply. Awards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. An application will only be considered once it is fully completed with all requested documentation required to support the requested funding. Recipients of the previous round of CDBG Emergency Response funding are not eligible for a CDBG-CV grant.
Grants may be considered for working capital expenses for a 60-day period. Funds can only be used for qualified expenses incurred after March 1, 2020. There may be no duplication of benefits. For instance, if a business has already received funds from the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), they may still qualify. However, funds cannot be used for the same need as was utilized under the PPP program.
City employees will review applications and make recommendations to the City Commission. The City Commission will approve/decline/adjust requests at a regularly scheduled public meeting.
The application process that was previously opened to sole proprietors, and self-employed individuals will open to all businesses on Thursday, July 24th at 8:00am. Application forms, and additional eligibility requirements may be found online at http://fscity.org/353/CDBG-CV. Hard copy applications, along with program parameters will also be available at City Hall, 123 S. Main St. Questions regarding the application process, and eligibility guidelines should be directed to Allyson Turvey, via email at [email protected], or by phone at (620) 223-0550.