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Grants to Kansas Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and Property Owners and Developers for Capital Projects to Promote Economic Development

Building a Stronger Economy 2.0 (BASE)


GrantWatch ID# 207311
Agency: State

Funding Source
Kansas Department of Commerce
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/18/23
Deadline: 01/31/23 11:59 PM

Grant Description
Grants to Kansas government agencies, nonprofit organizations, Tribes, commercial property owners and private land developers, economic development organizations, and local chambers of commerce for capital projects to promote economic development. The purpose of this program is to support infrastructure development to address economic development opportunities statewide with the goal of expanding the state’s base of businesses and residents.

The BASE 2.0 grant program includes infrastructure investments associated with economic development projects including the development of new business parks; development of infrastructure required to support business expansions; renovation of existing business parks to bring them up to modern standards; development of infrastructure such as railroad spurs, water, wastewater, storm-water and other utilities; driveway aprons; business park signage; parking facilities directly associated with business attraction projects; speculative industrial office and residential space; development of infrastructure related to cybersecurity investments; and other projects that achieve the goal of expanding the state’s base of businesses and residents.

Eligible Use of Funds

  • Infrastructure associated with the development of new business parks
  • Development of infrastructure required to support business expansions
  • Renovation of existing business parks to bring them up to modern standards
  • Development of infrastructure such as railroad spurs, water, wastewater, stormwater and other utilities
  • Driveway aprons
  • Business park signage
  • Parking facilities directly associated with business attraction projects
  • Speculative industrial office and residential space
  • Development of infrastructure related to cybersecurity investments
  • Other projects that achieve the goal of expanding the state’s base of businesses and residents

Projects submitted must demonstrate the ability to be successfully implemented and have little viability without grant financing. Additionally, applicants are required to document how this project was delayed or affected negatively due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting negative economic conditions. 

Applicants are encouraged to submit any relevant architectural and/or engineering plans for their project, as well as bids and estimates. 



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants
a. County or municipal governments
b. Economic Development Organizations
c. Recognized Tribes within the borders of Kansas
d. Private land developers and commercial property owners
e. 501c3-Designated Non-Profit Organizations
f. Local Main Street Programs or Main Street Affiliate
g. Local Chambers of Commerce
h. Community Foundations
i. Rural Water Districts

Only individuals who are land developers or commercial property owners may apply. All other eligible applicants are listed in the Eligible Applicants section above. Sole proprietorships will need to provide owner information. Sole proprietors will be permitted to use their Social Security Numbers as their Tax ID Number, but are strongly encouraged to obtain a free Employer Identification Number from the IRS.

Ineligible
Unallowable projects:
- Vertical Construction housing projects
- Standalone improvements for public service buildings and community facilities (ie: fire stations, police stations, swimming pools, libraries)
- Broadband projects
- Street repairs or improvements not tied to an existing or future economic development project

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will be available to the public on January 6th, 2023 at 10:00AM. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldemprjItG9OR6UKRizfVJgXlktWERX2a

A second informational webinar will be available to the public on January 18th, 2023 at 3:00PM. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd-mvpjIpHNXk-7Vtwn8c0vYX917Y_lSD

Pre-Application Information
Round 2 grant applications will open on January 3, 2023 at 2:00PM and will close at 11:59PM on January 31, 2023.

BASE 2.0 Timeline
- January 3, 2023 – Request for applications posted
- January 6, 2023 – Webinar for interested applicants
- January 31, 2023 – Applications due
- March 14, 2023 – Anticipated date for public disclosure of BASE 2.0 Awardee names, addresses, and award amounts

All applicants must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) on SAM.gov to apply, and all awarded applicants must complete, and maintain, an active entity registration on SAM.gov to receive funding.

There is a minimum 25% match requirement by the applicant or additional program partner. Matching funds can include Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, Community Service Tax Credit Program funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and funds from a general operating account. For more information, see https://www.kansascommerce.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/BASE-2.0-Guidelines-Instructions-FINAL.pdf#page=2.

No more than 3 applications shall be submitted by any eligible entity. Entities that submitted to BASE 1.0 can choose to use a previous application and make modifications or submit additional new applications. No more than 3 applications will be accepted from any single entity from both rounds combined.

Press Release: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/2023/01/department-of-commerce-announces-building-a-stronger-economy-base-2-0-grant-application/

Webinar #1 Recording: https://youtu.be/Gi7zQzDlcdE
Webinar #2 Recording: https://youtu.be/z8u1lpYJJAg

Estimated Size of Grant
While there is no minimum award amount, these awards are intended to be impactful (catalytic) capital projects. Maximum awards however shall not exceed $25,000,000.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance – Projects must be completed within 2-years or by June 30, 2025 (whichever is sooner). Construction must begin within 6 months of the fully executed grant agreement.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://kansasdepartmentofcommerce.submittable.com/submit/247193/building-a-stronger-economy-base-round-2

Send Letters of Support to:
Jonathan Clayton
Director of Economic Recovery
Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 SW Jackson St, Ste 100
Topeka, KS 66612

Applicants can contact CommerceSPARK@ks.gov for any questions regarding this funding opportunity.

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