Community Development

As communities in the KBRPC region look for ways to improve and grow their resources, they often seek grant funding to support their vision. Counties, cities, and non-profit agencies in the KBRPC region benefit day after day by KBRPC’s dedication to ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent as funding agencies intended. KBRPC staff is here to assist in every step of that process from writing the grant application to administering the project when funds are received. In the last fiscal year, KBRPC applied for $3,135,870.00 in tax credits and grant funds throughout the region on behalf of cities, counties, and non-profit agencies. These grant funds translate to a number of improvements for our communities including a new community building, an expansion of walking trails, historic preservation, sidewalk improvements, and much more. KBRPC staff continually look for ways to bring more resources into the region. To do that, KBRPC must know what a community’s needs are. Results such as these, make KBRPC a valuable development tool.

Appleton City School District $24,000 Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation New bell and phone system
City of Osceola $7,200 USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development Business feasibility study
St. Clair County, KBRPC $12,500 USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development Business ecosystem development, support for new entrepreneurs also known as Evisthrive
City of Warsaw $500,000 MO Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant Downtown Revitalization
KBRPC Region $25,000 USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development 2017 Kaysinger Business Conference
Vernon County $84,000 Missouri Heritage Properties Program Update and restore the Vernon County Courthouse
Vernon County $125,640 Recreational Trails Program Katy Allen Lake improvements
City of Weaubleau $246,120 MO Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant Construction for a new community center
Western Missouri Antique Tractor & Machinery Asso. $140,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program Expansion to the Adrian Museum
City of Sheldon $104,000 MO Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant Demolition of blighted structures
Sheldon Revitalization Asso. $410,155 Neighborhood Assistance Program Old school restoration project
Osage Prairie YMCA $500,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program Commercial kitchen & building upgrades
Friends of Hickory County Health Dept. $217,255 Neighborhood Assistance Program Construction for new health department
KBRPC Region $400,000 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Proposal Continue KBRPC Brownfields Program
Poplar Heights Farm $60,000 Recreational Trails Program Walking bridge, restrooms, trail upgrades
City of Adrian $150,000 Recreational Trails Program Concrete Trail
City of Butler $95,000 Kaboom Playground Grant New playground
City of Rich Hill $10,000 USDA Rural Development Community garden & food pantry
City of Butler $25,000 USDA Rural Development Cool & Connected Broadband for rural areas

 

Community Development Block Grant Program


From addressing local health and safety concerns to improving local facilities such as senior centers and community centers, CDBG programs are designed to support a community’s well being and greater capacity for growth. Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Community Facilities
  • General Infrastructure
  • Demolition
  • Industrial Infrastructure
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Emergency
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Start Smart (Early Childhood Education)

KBRPC writes applications for CDBG and administers them to member cities and counties. If you are interested in applying for CDBG funding or for more information about the CDBG Program, please visit their website or call KBRPC at (660) 885-3393.

Current/Recent CDBG funded Projects

Weaubleau

The City of Weaubleau was awarded $246,120 in Community Development Block Grant funds to construct a new Community Building along with donations from the Friends of Weaubleau Park and Missouri Foundation for Health Grant. KBRPC Community Development Administrator, Ashley Swartz, wrote the application and will be administering the project for the City of Weaubleau. Construction on the facility is set to start this fall. Congratulations to the City of Weaubleau!

El Dorado Springs

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the El Dorado Springs School District on August 12, 2014  to announce a new investment through Missouri Start Smart.  During his visit to El Dorado Springs, the Governor announced that through the Missouri Start Smart initiative, the Missouri Department of Economic Development will authorize a competitive funding award of $988,275 for the nonprofit organization El Do Youth Inc.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding assisted the El Dorado Springs School District in constructing a new Pre-K facility that will serve an additional 20 children and allow the district to expand its current half-day Pre-K program to a full day program. Pictured is Gov. Jay Nixon with KBRPC Community Development Administrator, Ashley Swartz, who wrote the CDBG application and administered this project.

El Dorado Springs Early Childhood Center

Ribbon Cutting for the El Dorado Springs Early Childhood Center

Calhoun

Gov. Nixon announcing funding award to Calhoun.

The Calhoun Early Childhood Education Center was completed in February 2016. CDBG funding not only provided a newer building with a conducive layout, but with the increase in space, they were able to increase the number of students from 80 to 100!

 

Groundbreaking for the new Calhoun Early Childhood Center

The new Calhoun Early Childhood Center

 

Demolition

Dilapidated building demolition has become a very popular category for CDBG funding. KBRPC has helped many cities obtain funding for and administer the building demolition grant. With the assistance of KBRPC, the Cities of Butler and Appleton City were awarded funds from CDBG for demolition. The City of Appleton was awarded $230,000 to demolish over 20 residential and and commercial structures city wide. The City of Butler was awarded $195,625, in CDBG funding to demolish 35 residential and 3 commercial structures city wide. KBRPC is currently administering both CDBG demolition grants for Appleton City and Butler. Both projects were completed ahead of schedule this winter, and have made a huge impact in the cities. For more information on CDBG demolition grants, contact Ashley at ashley@kaysinger.com.

Neighborhood Assistance Program

In addition to CDBG funding, KBRPC also applies for and administers Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits. Click here to visit their website.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved 28 Missouri not-for-profit organizations for a total of $5,632,878 in tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Among those 28 organizations, the Friends of the Hickory County Health Department was approved for $341,250 in 70 percent tax credits providing them with $487,500 to put towards a new facility. NAP tax credits will be used in conjunction with USDA Rural Development Grant and Loan funds. KBRPC staff prepared the application that was funded, and assisted with the selling of the tax credits for this project.

NAP helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects. Not-for-profit organizations participating in the NAP program conduct capital campaigns or provide services in the areas of crime prevention, education, job training, physical revitalization or community services. The NAP tax credit program is utilized by not-for-profit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as pave the way for economic development. Businesses can donate cash, materials, supplies or equipment; technical assistance and professional services; labor; real estate; or stocks and bonds. Credits can equal up to 70 percent for projects located in the most rural areas.

The photo below shows the Samaritan Center located in Henry County. This project was funded by a combination of $300,000 in CDBG funding and $500,000 in NAP tax credits. Both applications were written and administered by KBRPC.

The building below houses the State Fair Community College Clinton Satellite Campus and the Business Development Center in Clinton. Under administration of KBRPC, this project was funded by $500,000 NAP tax credits and local donations. In January of 2015, KBRPC staff celebrated the expansion of the Clinton SFCC campus with KBRPC Board Members, CARE Board Members, SFCC staff, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Clinton, SFCC students, and members of the community. This expansion adds an estimated 7,000 square feet of instructional and testing space including 5 classrooms, laboratory space, testing center, commons area, and four additional offices.