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Lyons and Macksville Among Recipients of Emergency HEAL Grant Funding to Restore Damaged Community Buildings

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TOPEKA, Kan. — It was announced today by David Toland, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce that $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants were awarded to five recipients.

According to the Kansas Commerce, more than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to the previous amount to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse. 

The Emergency HEAL Program provides resources to communities with buildings that are at risk of imminent loss, causing damage to surrounding downtown buildings, and/or have significant damage due to natural causes such as fire, water, wind, storms, etc.

Lyons and Macksville are two towns that had buildings/projects eligible for funding. 

The Rice County Community Foundation received a grant for $100,000 that will be used to repair the McCloud Buildings in Lyons on the north side of the square that were affected by the partial wall collapse last November.

The $85,000 grant awarded to Stafford County Economic Development for the City of Macksville will help fix the roof and back wall of the old Opera building downtown and also help repair damage threatening to the Macksville Community Building.

E-HEAL grant awardees for Fiscal Year 2024 include:

Building /Project
Organization
City
County
Award

Happy Hippie Bldg.

Grow Clay County

Clay Center

Clay

$85,000

Julius Kuhn Block

Locally Atchison

Atchison

Atchison

$100,000

Macksville Community Building & Opera

Stafford Co. Economic Develop.

Macksville

Stafford

$85,000

McCloud Buildings

Rice Co. Community Foundation

Lyons

Rice

$100,000

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Minneapolis

Ottawa

$20,000

Projects are to be completed within two years. For more information about E-HEAL, click here.

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