Applications Open for Barton County SPARK Business Assistance Grant Program
The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Barton County invite For-Profit businesses operating within Barton County to apply for the Barton County SPARK Business Assistance Grant Program. This funding is made possible by the Federal CARES Act and the State of Kansas through the Strengthening People And Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) program. Interested businesses do not need to be a member of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce to apply.
The Business Assistance Grant Program has limited funding but aims to provide reimbursement micro-grants for costs of business interruption caused by required closures and expenses in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, to Barton County businesses with a focus to address disproportionate impacts on racial minority owned businesses. Note: Interested Non-Profit organizations are encouraged to contact the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
Applications in both English and Spanish can be viewed online at greatbend.org or hardcopy at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, located at 1125 Williams. St. Applications can be submitted starting at midnight, Monday, September 14, 2020.
Interested applicants with questions or concerns will have two different opportunities to have their concerns addressed by members of the Barton County SPARK Advisory Committee. Business owners must call the Chamber at (620) 792-2401 to schedule a 15-minute private one-on-one meeting. Translators will be available during sessions.
Session #1 will be held in-person Thursday, September 17th (6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.) at The Front Door, 1615 10th St., Great Bend, KS.
Session #2 will be held virtually via Zoom Tuesday, September 22nd (8:30a.m. – 10:30a.m.).
Completed applications and required documents must be received by 3:00 p.m., October 14, 2020. Submit applications via mail, in-person, or email. Hardcopies can be delivered In-Person (Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-3p.m.), Mailed, or Emailed to:
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Megan Barfield
1125 Williams St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
For more information on how to apply for the Barton County SPARK Advisory Committee or to schedule a private, one-on-one session, please visit greatbend.org or call (620) 792-2401.