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Description of Program and Relief

Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund

The Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and United Way of the Flint Hills are pleased to announce the creation of the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. The four agencies joined forces to broaden the reach of the existing Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund in order to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties surrounding COVID-19 relief. The Business Jump Start Grant will provide small locally owned businesses with small grants for the purpose of building inventory and service capacity as business restrictions surrounding the pandemic are relaxed or eliminated.

The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund will have multiple phases of funding to address both the immediate and longer-term needs related to this crisis. The initial focus is on the medical community. Future phases will focus on economic needs. Priority will be given to local organizations working to meet the basic needs of those most significantly impacted by this crisis.

Government or Lead Agency

The Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and United Way of the Flint Hills

Dates Available

Available now

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

To be eligible for the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund for nonprofits, a nonprofit must serve any of Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties (the “Defined Region”).

To be eligible for the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund Jump Start Grant for Businesses, a business must:

  • be an existing for-profit business within the Defined Region;

  • have 100 or fewer employees owned and operated within the Defined Region;

  • be one of the following type of businesses: retailers, restaurants, bars, service-based businesses, and event centers;

  • be one of the following business entities: LLC, Sole Proprietor, S-Corp, C-Corp, or Limited Partnership.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

August 31, 2020

Contact for More Information

For more information, please contact:

United Way of the Flint Hills: Mickey Edwards, (620) 342-7564 or mickey@uwfh.org

KVOE: Ron Thomas, (620) 342-1400 or thomasr@kvoe.com

Emporia Main Street: Casey Woods, (620) 340-6430 or main.street@emporia-kansas.gov

Emporia Community Foundation: Becky Nurnberg, (620) 342-9304 or becky.nurnberg@emporiacf.org

List of Additional Information

An online application for businesses can be found here.

An online application for nonprofits can be found here or here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

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