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.

Purpose:

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.”

Eligibility:

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.

Category: Local

More Local

Dickinson County, once again, has authorized funding for grants to be made available within Dickinson County to use for a tourism generating event or festival in the County. We are accepting applications for 2020 events. A written report should be submitted after the event or festival... Learn More
Kansas law allows a municipality to abate ad valorem property taxes related to new construction, expansion of buildings, or the purchase of land and installation of equipment for eligible businesses for up to ten-years.  Learn More
A pilot project of the Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with North Central Regional Planning Commission,  the Business Signage Program is designed to provide an affordable funding/financing option for signage on commercial buildings to improve the functionality, structural integrity and aesthetics of signs i... Learn More
Funding for this program was made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County. GENERAL PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of the Dickinson County Storefront Beautification Revolving Loan Fund (Storefront Beautification Program) is to encourage Dickinson County, Kansas businesses to improve storefronts an... Learn More
The size and scope of federal and state government can sometimes make it difficult to determine what is required of a business operation. There are countless regulations that also apply to many business ventures. The City may not know all there is to know abou... Learn More
Eligible development projects may petition the City to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds to finance eligible development projects using the City of Abilene's credit. This allows projects to execute projects at a lower interest rate than what can typically be obtained in the private capital markets... Learn More
Sometimes a business venture requires new or amended legislation to allow for a higher probability of success. Some business ventures may seek federal or state grant or loan funding. The City of Abilene may elect to advocate for legislation or provide letters of support o... Learn More
The City of Abilene, in partnership with Dickinson County and Unified School District 435, grants rebates on ad valorem property taxes on eligible properties for a period of ten-years. The program is designed to encourage private investment in Downtown Abilene and the N. Buckeye Avenue/N... Learn More
The City of Abilene will provide assistance to businesses that require a business partnership with either the Union Pacific Railroad or BNSF Railway Company.  Learn More
The City of Abilene will provide assistance to businesses that require specific transportation needs through available economic development programs from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Learn More