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City of McPherson Seeking Businesses Interested in Grant

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MCPHERSON, Kan. (McPherson Chamber of Commerce) – If enough qualified businesses are interested, the City of McPherson plans to apply for a Community Development Block Grant COVID Resiliency Category (CVR).

In order to fulfill the application requirements, the City is actively seeking qualifying businesses that have an interest in having access should it be successful in attaining these funds.

To be eligible, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be open on or before March 1, 2020.
  • Retain between 1 and 50 employees.
  • At least 51% of the business’ employees must meet low to moderate income standards.

The purpose of the program is to aid businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that are in need of improvements and enhancements to stay competitive in today’s market and to stay resilient should a future pandemic be felt.

A more specific list of eligible activities that might be eligible for consideration are as follows:

  1. Upgrades allowing businesses to remain open to prevent future closures due to community illnesses and health emergencies.
  2. Technology, hardware, and software upgrades including infrastructure, devices, and applications.
  3. Ecommerce updates including online inventory management and website enhancements.
  4. Professional development and training for business enhancements.
  5. Other updates that can be directly related to resiliency improvements.

 

Businesses with five or fewer employees might be eligible for funds up to $30,000 and those with six to 50 employees could receive up to $50,000 should the City’s application be successful.

Qualifying projects might include facility or technology upgrades, e-Commerce updates, professional trainings or any other updates that can be directly related to resiliency.