Bourbon County SPARK Reimbursement and Direct Aid Request Process

Thanks so much for your interest in Bourbon County SPARK.  The application process has been closed.  Please check back for updates.  The County Commission will submit a plan for approval on August 15.  It is anticipated the State of Kansas will respond by September 15.  All applicants will be notified of their status at that time.  For more information, please email sparkinfo@bourboncountyks.org.

 

Website Building and Marketing Grant Application

Grants are for businesses who have experienced business disruptions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and will benefit from an increased online presence through any or all of the following:

  • Increased foot traffic
  • Encouraging tourism activities
  • Enhance or enable online scheduling (i.e. curb side, delivery, hair appointments)
  • Enhance or enable online sales
  • Raise awareness of critical structures in the community (i.e. Food Access, Child Care, etc.)

The applicant must be willing to spend a minimum of  5-10 hours over the next several months working with The Bureau of Small Projects staff.

Non-profits are not eligible under this program.

BOURBON COUNTY Website Building and Marketing Grants

Program Parameters

This is the guiding document for the grant program being offered by Bourbon County.  It sets the parameters for who is eligible, how to apply, and minimum required time commitment.  The grants will be scored and consequently awarded on a first come first serve basis to those that are eligible.  Applications will remain open until October 31, 2020. The grant will be awarded until 20 qualified businesses have been awarded.

Who Is Eligible

  • Businesses located within Bourbon County, priority will be given to those businesses with a physical location.
  • The business must currently have minimal (basic) to no online or website presence.
  • Grants are for businesses who have experienced business disruptions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and will benefit from an increased online presence through any or all of the following:
    • Increased foot traffic
    • Encouraging tourism activities
    • Enhance or enable online scheduling (i.e. curb side, delivery, hair appointments)
    • Enhance or enable online sales
    • Raise awareness of critical structures in the community (i.e. Food Access, Child Care, etc.)
  • The applicant must be willing to spend a minimum of 5-10 hours over the next several months working with The Bureau of Small Projects staff.
  • Non-profits are not eligible under this program
  • The County reserves the right to request additional documentation

How to Apply

Applications will be available to submit online at Bourboncountyks.org/spark

Questions regarding application should be directed to:

Jody Hoener, Economic Development Director
620-215-5725
210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
jhoener@bourboncountyks.org

Once an application is submitted, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce President, Lindsay Madison and Bourbon County Economic Development Director will review.  The application will be scored to determine if the application meets minimum standards to qualify. A follow up email will be sent to the applicant business.

An application will only be considered once it is fully completed with all requested documentation required to support the requested funding.

Parameters

  • Grants applications will be open until October 31st.
  • Grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis to those who are eligible.
  • Grant Scoring Algorithm:

 

Grant Purpose: Website Building and Marketing Services for Business Impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic

Points

Current Online Presence
Facebook Only

5

No Facebook or Website

5

A basic, static, webpage only

5

A dynamic web page currently exists

0

How Would an Online Presence Benefit the Applicant?
(Check all that Apply)
Increased foot traffic

5

Encourage tourism activities

5

Enhance or enable online scheduling

5

Enhance or enable online sales

5

Raise awareness of a public need such of food or childcare

5

Business Activities and Impact
(Check all the Apply)
The business is a childcare center or daycare

5

Business sales a product that can be legally sold online

5

Business provides a service that scheduling can be done online

5

The business is located in Downtown Historic District

5

The Business encourages overnight stays

5

***Minimum score of 5 from each of the three categories is required to be determined eligible


Process

  • A complete application must be submitted online.
  • Additional Information may be requested for clarification.
  • Economic Development Director and Chamber President will score application and make final determination of eligibility.
  • Economic Development Director will send congratulatory and introductory emails to The Bureau of Small Projects and the Business contact.