Local Incentives

Small Business Retention Relief Grant

Program Summary:

Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation (DKEDC) seeks funding to create a grant fund that for-profit businesses within Dickinson County can apply to for short-term working capital funding. DKEDC will seek to raise funds in cooperation with the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.


One of Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation’s (DKEDC) “Driving Dickinson County” initiatives is to retain our county businesses. Thus, DKEDC is establishing a short-term working capital grant fund to assist businesses dealing with Covid-19 working capital issues for up to 30 days to allow them to apply for and receive additional financial assistance from other sources.

Program Disclaimers:

  1. An application for funding does not guarantee award of funding.
  2. The total amount awarded will be based on funds available.
  3. All businesses receiving funding must complete a W-9 form prior to receipt of funds.
  4. Applicant is responsible for determining tax implications associated with any receipt of funds.
  5. All awardees will be asked to consider “Paying it Forward.”


Applicants must:

  1. Be a for profit business located in Dickinson County, Kansas.
  2. Have experienced a financial hardship because of Covid-19.
  3. Have employed less than 50 employees as of March 1, 2020.
  4. Be in good standing with federal, state, and local government jurisdictions.
  5. Have applied for additional financial assistance from other sources but not yet received funding.

Application Process:

Applications will re-open in the fall of 2020

Funding Considerations:

  1. There are approximately 1,450 businesses in Dickinson County with <50 employees.

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