Grant to help businesses affected by pandemic

Jeff Guy

The Sumner County Commission announced at its Aug. 3 meeting that the county had received a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) for $138,600 from the Kansas Dept. of Commerce to assist businesses in the county affected by COVID-19.

“It’s to help small mom and pop businesses,” Sumner County Clerk Debbie Norris said. “Hairdressers, restaurants, smaller manufacturers…”

Funds from the grant will be used to help return jobs to low to moderate income employees and to help businesses struggling to re-open their doors. Part of the funds will be used to help businesses with five employees or less and another part will be to help businesses with six to 50 employees.

An application process will be released by the end of the week, Norris said.

Businesses can use funds to go toward work capital, such as wages, utilities, rent and other expenses such as sanitizing equipment, hand sanitizing stations and other items necessary to protect patrons and employees.

Funds can be used for 60 days worth of inventory. They cannot be used to pay off existing debt acquired prior to the pandemic.