Six grant programs to help distribute funds allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established by The Harvey County Commission and Harvey County CARES Committee were announced by county administration Sept. 29, with possibly eligible organizations notified Oct. 1.


This funding is meant to offset a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses experienced by non-profits, churches, quasi-governmental organizations and small businesses. Oct. 1 the county sent email to area chambers of commerce and organizations of the six project areas — and how much funding is available in each of the project areas.


Organizations can access the program guidance and links to the applications here: https://www.harveycounty.com/CARESgrants The grants are not first-come, first-serve. Applications need to be submitted for review by 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The process to award grants will begin after that deadline.


The county has partnered with the Central Kansas Community Foundation to help with the grant application process. At https://www.harveycounty.com/CARESgrants, links will redirect applications to the CKCF's grant portal website. Only one application can be submitted per program, but organizations can apply for multiple programs in which they meet the criteria.


Programs, with total funds available, include:


Public Health Grant Program ($732,234.76)


For small businesses (as defined by the federal government), non-profits, churches, or quasi-governmental organizations in Harvey County. This program provides reimbursement for personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene supplies, IT improvements to support telework enhancements or online service delivery, utilities and/or rent, small capital improvements that promote social distancing, and mental health accessibility.


Community Support Grant Program ($100,000)


For non-profits, churches, or quasi-governmental organizations in Harvey County. This program provides reimbursement for subsistence activities for populations in need or at-risk for COVID-19. Subsistence activities include but are not limited to providing food, basic consumables, and rent/utility assistance programs targeting those who are in need or at-risk for COVID-19.


Community Testing Program ($1 million)


For organizations testing symptomatic, high-risk, or vulnerable populations for COVID-19 in Harvey County. This program provides reimbursement for testing supplies, equipment, or lab fees.


Private Schools and Colleges Support Program ($350,000)


For private schools (K-12) and colleges located in Harvey County. This program provides reimbursement for personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene supplies, IT improvements for telework enhancements or online service delivery, utilities and/or rent, small capital improvements that promote social distancing, and mental health accessibility.


Long-Term Care Support Program ($300,000)


For long-term care facilities in Harvey County. This program provides reimbursement for personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene supplies, IT improvements to support telework enhancements or online service delivery, small capital improvements that promote social distancing, and mental health accessibility.


Senior Center Sustainment Program ($90,000)


For senior centers located in Harvey County serving at-risk populations. This program provides reimbursement for personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene supplies, IT improvements for telework enhancements or online service delivery, utilities and/or rent, small capital improvements that promote social distancing, and mental health accessibility. This program also can account for lost revenue between March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.


For questions or more information about the grant programs, please email harveycares@harveycounty.com or call 316-284-6806. For technical assistance with the application process, please contact Michelle Critchfield, program officer for the Central Kansas Community Foundation at michelle@centralkansascf.org or 316-283-5474.