COVID-19 Information and Resources

The NCRPC is committing to partnering with our members and the region as we all respond to the impacts of COVID-19. This resource page provides links and information in one central location and will be updated as needed.

Business and Nonprofit Technical Assistance Update

image for business and nonprofit technical assistanceThe North Central Regional Planning Commission has received funding to offer FREE technical assistance trainings to North Central Kansas (12-county NCRPC service area) businesses and nonprofits to aid in successful recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. A survey was completed in December 2020/January 2021 to help determine the training topics and tools most needed to strengthen businesses and nonprofits and increase the region’s resiliency going forward.

The majority of survey respondents indicated their preference for remote/online group and recorded video trainings. The training topics that ranked the highest were:

  • Social media marketing/creating an online presence
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Online sales/online fundraising
  • Business training, including: Business continuity/succession planning; Cash flow; Business plan; Accounting and bookkeeping; Budgeting; and Money management

Employee recruitment and board development were also mentioned in multiple survey responses.

We are currently working to coordinate trainings to help address as many of these topics as possible. Additional information will be announced once details are finalized. It is anticipated that trainings will begin as early as May 2021 and be available over the next year.

If you would like to receive information about free training opportunities as they become available, please email us using the contact form below.

If you offer trainings which fall into any of the above categories and would like to be contacted during our RFP process, please let us know also using the contact form below.

Business Financial Resources

NCK Business Relief Loan Fund - Businesses Less than 2 Years Old
The North Central Kansas Business Relief Loan Program for Businesses Less than 2 Years Old provides loans to qualifying for-profit businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic to help preserve businesses and jobs. Eligible counties include Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington County, Kansas. The program provides up to $10,000 maximum loan amount (subject to availability of funds).

More Information: See all eligibility requirements and learn more at the NCK Business Relief Loan Fund – Businesses Less than 2 Years Old web page.

NCK Business Relief Loan Fund - RLF (Funds exhausted)
The North Central Kansas Business Relief Loan Program provides loans to for-profit businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic to help preserve businesses and jobs. Eligible counties include Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington County, Kansas. The program provides up to $50,000 per job being created/retained up to $150,000 maximum loan amount with $10,000 minimum loan amount (subject to availability of funds).

More Information: Note that funds for this program are exhausted. See all eligibility requirements and learn more at the NCK Business Relief Loan Fund web page.

Innovation Stimulus Program
The Technology Development Institute at Kansas State University is offering the Innovation Stimulus Program as a result of CARES funding provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The program offers existing businesses or entrepreneurs who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 the ability to apply for no cost engineering and business development assistance. The program provides up to $150,000 worth of services with a project cap of $20,000 for any single project.

Examples of projects which could fit within the program would be:

  • Design, engineering or prototyping of new concepts
  • Creation of SolidWorks models
  • Creation of production drawings or other manufacturing documentation
  • Conducting preliminary customer/market research
  • Conducting preliminary intellectual property research
  • Creation of websites or marketing materials
  • Other areas of technical support as needed

More Information: Learn more and apply at the Technology Development Institute (TDI) website.

USDA Business and Industry CARES Act Program (BICAP)
This program makes available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may assist agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans.

Program Highlights:

  • Bank loan guaranteed 90% by USDA
  • Business located in community under 50k in population
  • Use of proceeds:  Operating capital, inventory, and ongoing debt service
  • Maximum loan amount based on 12 months operating capital less PPP award and EIDL grant/loan (up to $25 million)
  • Interest rate set by bank
  • Term up to 10 years
  • Payment deferral for 12 months, but interest will accrue.
  • $1 for $1 market value collateral coverage
  • Personal guaranty

More Information: View the Fact Sheet and learn more at the USDA Rural Development website.

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans are designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective April 6, 2021, SBA will be reaching out to existing borrowers to the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) that received 6 months of expenses that they may be eligible for up to 24 months of expenses. Businesses that received loans subject to the current limits do NOT need to submit a request. SBA will reach out to them directly via e-mail.

Any new borrowers to the program will automatically be considered for loans covering 24-months of economic injury up to a maximum of $500,000.

More Information: View the Fact Sheet for the U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications from the SBA.

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

SBA is currently offering:

  • First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants
  • Second Draw PPP Loans beginning January 15, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

More Information: Additional information is available from the SBA.

LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants

Grants that support small businesses and enterprises located in communities of 50,000 or less negatively impacted by COVID-19. Priority is given to those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Applications are accepted in “rounds” and a new application must be submitted for each round to be considered.

More Information: Additional information is available from LISC.

Kansas Small Business Development Center Resources
Additional small business resources, including free training webinars and information on financial assistance, are listed at the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

Technology Resources

NCKCN Assistance
NCKCN, a NCRPC affiliate, is offering a virtual helping hand to those in need as much as they possibly can during these uncertain times. For those working remotely and those attending classes online from home due to recent events, NCKCN would like to announce that they will be handing out (on a very limited supply and donated “AS IS”) computers to those who need them. NCKCN is also increasing their customer’s Internet speeds who are currently receiving 6Mbps or lower at no additional cost. These are only a couple things NCKCN is doing to help out their local communities. Learn more at NCKCN.

Useful Links/Resources

Contact

The NCRPC, through EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding, will help coordinate a response to the pandemic’s economic effects within the 12-county region.

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