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Doniphan County is Named a SEED Grant Recipient to Support Economic Development

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the award recipients for the new Strategic Economic Expansion and Development (SEED) grant program. In total, 61 recipients will receive nearly $2.7 million to invest in small communities across the state.

“SEED grants provide funding for quality-of-life enhancements in some of our state’s smallest communities,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “These investments will set the stage for future economic development success and prosperity across the state.”

Awardees are located in communities with a population of 5,000 or less, as required by (KS Stat 9-2324 [2021]). They are required to provide a minimum 10-percent match as well as complete the projects within 12 months. Projects must be focused on economic development and revitalization efforts through one of the following quality-of-life categories:

  • Childcare and senior programming – projects that support or enhance these services, such as building improvements, educational materials, supplies and equipment
  • Community vibrancy – projects that refresh, re-energize and unlock the attractiveness of rural communities, such as art installations, murals and signage
  • Food retail – projects that support access to food retail establishments, including development, renovation and/or expansion
  • Libraries – projects that support providing free and open access to a broad range of materials and services, including reading material, technology, furniture and building improvements

Funding for the SEED program, which is administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce, is provided through the Technology Enabled Fiduciary Financial Institutions (TEFFI) Development and Expansion Fund. The TEFFI Act was enacted in 2021 through bipartisan legislation to promote economic development throughout the state.

“Doniphan County’s application, through the Economic Development Office ran by Director Leah Johnson, included funding for Library District #1 Doniphan County – Elwood Branch’s ADA and bathroom building renovations and furniture and Doniphan Darlings daycare in Highland for materials, furniture and a permanent outdoor shade structure.”

The 2022 SEED grant recipients include:

County Organization Category(s) Requested Amount
Allen Thrive Allen County Food Retail, Library $49,125
Anderson Anderson County Development Agency Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $43,860
Barber Medicine Lodge Day Care Inc. Childcare $49,125
Bourbon The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Inc. Community Vibrancy $33,882
Brown Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $25,049
Chase Chase County Chamber of Commerce Community Vibrancy, Library $26,661
Chautauqua City of Sedan Community Vibrancy $49,125
Cherokee Weir & Galena Public Library Library, Senior Programming $32,118
Cheyenne Cheyenne Community Development Corporation Community Vibrancy $49,125
Clay Grow Clay County Community Vibrancy, Food Retail, Library $46,571
Cloud The City of Clyde Community Vibrancy $49,125
Coffey Coffey County Library Library $49,125
Doniphan  Doniphan County Economic Development  Childcare, Library  $49,125
Edwards Edwards County Economic Development Corporation Childcare, Community Vibrancy $49,125
Elk Elk County Community Foundation Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Ellsworth Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation Community Vibrancy $49,125
Gove Gove County Economic Development Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Food Retail $47,289
Greeley Growing the Vision Food Retail, Library $48,383
Greenwood City of Eureka Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Hamilton Hamilton County Community Vibrancy $49,125
Harper Harper County Community Foundation Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Harvey City of Halstead Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Jackson Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Community Vibrancy, Food Retail, Library $49,125
Jewell City of Jewell Community Vibrancy, Library $37,040
Kearny City of Lakin Childcare $39,300
Kingman City of Kingman Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $48,179
Kiowa Haviland Heritage Foundation Community Vibrancy $49,125
Labette City of Edna Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Lincoln Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Food Retail, Library $49,125
Linn Linn County Library District 1 Library $49,125
Logan Logan County Community Foundation Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Food Retail, Library $28,701
Marion Peabody Township Library Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Marshall Friends of the Vermillion Community, Inc. Community Vibrancy $37,974
Meade The Community Enhancement Foundation of Plains Food Retail $14,738
Mitchell Mitchell County Childcare $49,125
Montgomery City of Cherryvale Library $46,875
Morris Little Huskies Childcare Center Childcare $24,563
Nemaha Rural Development Association of Northeast Kansas Community Vibrancy, Food Retail, Library $48,030
Neosho Thayer FRC City Library Library $35,687
Ness Ness City Chamber of Commerce Food Retail $49,125
Osborne City of Osborne Economic Development Childcare, Food Retail, Library $46,712
Ottawa Ottawa County Community Development Foundation Childcare, Library $49,125
Pawnee City of Rozel – Park Committee Community Vibrancy $49,125
Phillips Phillipsburg Child Care Center Childcare $42,408
Rawlins Atwood Public Library Library $25,054
Republic Belleville Chamber and Main Street Food Retail $49,125
Rice Rice County Community Foundation Childcare $49,125
Rush Rush County Economic Development Food Retail $49,125
Russell Bunker Hill Lions Club Community Vibrancy $34,388
Sheridan Sheridan County Childcare, Library, Senior Programming $49,125
Sherman Sherman County Community Development Corporation Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Smith City of Lebanon Food Retail $49,125
Stafford Stafford County Economic Development Food Retail, Library $49,125
Stanton Stanton County Community Foundation Community Vibrancy $36,480
Stevens Heritage Christian Academy Childcare $49,125
Sumner Sumner County Economic Development Community Vibrancy $49,125
Trego WaKeeney Travel & Tourism Community Vibrancy $49,125
Wabaunsee Office of Economic Development, Wabaunsee Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Wallace City of Wallace Community Vibrancy $32,397
Wilson City of Fredonia Childcare, Community Vibrancy, Library $49,125
Woodson Woodson Co. Revitalization Alliance/Revitalize YC Community Vibrancy $49,125

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About the Kansas Department of Commerce:

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce’s project successes, Kansas was awarded Area Development Magazine’s prestigious Gold Shovel award in 2021 and 2022, and was awarded the 2021 Governor’s Cup by Site Selection Magazine.