This program is designed to improve the economic vitality of the region by supporting the business environment through attraction of new businesses and assistance to existing businesses. it is focused on assisting small startups and existing firms with mini grants to underwrite costs related to technical assistance.
A base mini grant of $500 is available within Miami County’s unincorporated area and the City of Fontana. The cities of Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola and Spring Hill have agreed to add $250 funds for a limited number of applicants from businesses located within their city limits.
The grant must be applied for and approved prior to the funded event or activity taking place. The awards cannot be made to cover an expense already incurred.
Allowed Uses of Funds
The program is funded by a grant given to the Greater Miami County Economic Development Corporation and general fund tax dollars allocated by the local cities.
No more than $500 from the county and NetWork Kansas will be awarded to the same person or business via a single or multiple applications during a two-year period. For those applications leveraged by community match funds, the maximum combined award is $750.
Tuition Payment – Courses designed to improve the firm’s operations and expand services are a high priority. Examples of these courses may include customer service training, workforce training and financial management. Training may be for either the firm’s ownership team or key employees.
Counseling or Professional Service Assistance – Businesses needing professional services and counseling may apply for assistance through this program. Examples of potential assistance include funding to consult with an attorney, accountant, marketing specialist or other professional service providers capable of providing direction regarding the business’ services, operations or potential for expansion. For existing businesses, payment of an ongoing service or commitment is not eligible.
More information on the program is available here.