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.

Free Business and Nonprofit Technical Assistance

The 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.

View the training calendar, learn more, or register for a course here.

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.

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

Notice: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

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.

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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