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Information Network of Kansas (INK) Grant

Grants to Kansas Agencies to Improve Electronic
Access to Governmental Services and Information

Agency Type:

State

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Information Network of Kansas (INK)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 - Grant submissions must be received after May 1 and before June 1 or after November 1 and before December 1; Mini-grants and Special grants have an ongoing deadline.

Description:

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Grants to Kansas government agencies for technology that will improve public access to government services and information. Mini-grant and Special grant applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended to help agencies provide enhanced electronic access for businesses and citizens of the State. In general, information services will fall within the categories of commerce, education, health and human services, legislative, transportation, public safety infrastructure, and natural resources.

Applications should be focused toward the further development of the primary categories listed above. However, the INK Board of Directors, at their discretion, may consider grant requests that do not logically fit into these categories.

INK has established a method to award mini-grants during any monthly meeting. Minigrants are restricted to small, one-time, unplanned, or emergency situations such as unexpected equipment purchase or repair, imminent safety issues, or special event support. Mini-grant awards may not exceed $5,000.

Special Grants
A vast majority of grant applications can be planned ahead of the scheduled deadline for grants submission and submitted during the Spring or Fall Grant Cycles, however, INK is aware that some state or federal grants require matching funds and are announced on short notice. These types of grants may have submission deadlines prior to either of the scheduled INK grant submission deadlines. To support agencies and state sponsored entities that are pursuing these types of grants; the INK will accept these types of grant requests at anytime. The following guidelines apply:
A. Special grants will only be considered if the funding desired is time-sensitive in nature.
B. Priority will be given to special grants that leverage external funding to support a project.

Investment Objectives:

1) The INK Board will provide grant revenues to support the INK Statutory and Strategic Objectives, the State SIM Plan and/or the INK Strategic Plan.

2) The INK Board will review grant requests for infrastructure investment to support XML, open source application development and products and content management services.

3) The INK Board will review grant requests to promote greater government, citizen and business access to state and local government informational products and services.

Grant Categories

INK supports grant awards that support the statutory and strategic mission of INK, transform the way in which citizens/businesses interact with government, and/or increase access to government information. Grant applications should be focused toward the further development of the primary categories listed below. However, the INK Board of Directors, at their discretion, may consider grant requests that do not logically fit into these categories:

Commerce; Legislative; Transportation; Health & Human Services; Natural Resources; Public Safety; Education; and Infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177067

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini grant requests of up to $5,000 will be accepted at any time.

Although there is not a limit to the amount of a Special Grant request, grant amount awards will be subject to the INK Board’s discretion and the grant funds availability at the time of the request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Kansas state government sponsored entities designed to provide government, library, or educational services to residents of Kansas are eligible to apply.

INK does not award grants to:
-Purchase real estate
-Political activities or those designed to influence legislation
-Individuals
-Religious organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Normal grant submissions must be received in the INK office after May 1st and before June 1st or after November 1st and before December 1st to be eligible. Typically, granting decisions will be made at the regular monthly meetings in January and July and publicized by the middle of the following months.

Mini-grants:
-Prior to submission, mini-grant applicants should call the INK Project Manager or Grants Committee Chairperson to discuss your need and determine any additional information that may be required.
-Mini grant requests, less than $5,000, may be brought to the INK offices at any time. The request will be introduced to the INK Board of Directors at the next available scheduled meeting.
-Mini grants are submitted via one-page letter and a completed Grant Request Form.
-Request letters must arrive at the INK office prior to 5:00 pm on the day before the monthly INK Board of Directors’ meeting (typically, the first Tuesday of each month).

Special Grants - INK will accept these types of grant requests at anytime.
Matching grants have no minimum limit, are subject to INK funds availability and may be brought to the INK offices at any time. Matching grants must demonstrate matching funding sources and explain why the grant request cannot wait until the next grant cycle for normal grant request.

Grant requestors are encouraged to contact the INK office for available grant amounts prior to submission.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Duncan Friend, INK Project Manager
(785) 215-9569
duncan.friend@ks.gov

Please submit your request to:

Information Network of Kansas
632 SW Van Buren, Suite 100
Topeka, KS, 66603

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas