Federal and State agencies have funded programs to assist organizations in responding to and recovering from the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic. Past programs include the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). These programs were administered through the federal Small Business Administration directly.
There are also programs funded and administered at the local (City and County) level. This page focuses on programs that are administered by the City of Pittsburg.
CDBG-CV Grant Program
Funding is provided from the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to the State of Kansas. The State of Kansas used the CDBG-CV program to provide funds directly to local governments who would make grants available to businesses to allow them to preserve low to middle-income jobs and to support meals programs. Pittsburg made an application to the State and has been awarded $127,100.00 for economic development / microgrants and $35,000.00 to support meals programs.
Businesses located and licensed in the Pittsburg city limits can apply for funding that reimburses them for expenses resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The businesses must be retaining jobs for low to moderate-income people (visit our FAQs page to find out what income qualifies as low-to-moderate income). Sole proprietors may apply but owners must qualify as low-to-moderate income, be registered with the State, and have a valid business license in Pittsburg.
Businesses interested in receiving funds under this program will have to complete the application and show a link between the expense they have incurred and the pandemic. Expenses covered by other federal programs cannot be reimbursed through this program (this would be Duplication of Benefits). CDBG-CV Economic Development grants can be used to pay for working capital expenses such as wages, utilities, rent, etc. The funds can also be used for the purchase of sixty days’ worth of inventory needed to reopen (60 days will begin on the day the business is allowed to reopen).
To apply for funds under this program, complete the online application form and upload the required documentation. You should receive an automatic response when you submit the application. Someone from the City may contact you if the application is incomplete or to follow up on a response. Once the application deadline has been reached, the responses will be reviewed and ranked by a committee made up of members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, the banking community, the Chamber of Commerce, and the City. Applications will be accepted for three weeks, and the review and decision process will be for three weeks after that.
CDBG-CV Local Business Grant Program – Due by August 14, 2020
The City of Pittsburg will be providing grants up to $5,000.00 each to businesses based on the impact of the pandemic on their operations and on the number of employees they have retained. 51% or more of the jobs retained by the organization must represent low-to-moderate income jobs.
If you would like to review a blank form to see what is required, click here.
CDBG-CV Meals Program – Due by August 14, 2020
Providers of meals programs can ask for an unspecified maximum amount; however, allocations to the meals programs will be based on the number served and the frequency of service.