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The Harvey County Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Committee, in conjunction with the Harvey County Commission, has outlined how the county's distribution of funding from the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) state finance council will begin to be allocated throughout organizations in the community.

Harvey County was allocated $6,988,960 in Phase One funding from the State of Kansas to help address health and economic needs related to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Harvey County CARES Act Committee is a seven-person committee comprised of community representatives from county government, city government, education, business, non-profit, health, mental health, and health impacts on minority and at-risk communities. The committee received feedback through a county-wide community needs assessment conducted in July. The feedback was used by the committee to develop programs for funding support. On Aug. 13, the committee presented the plan to the Harvey County Commission and held a public hearing, followed by the adoption of the Harvey County direct aid plan.

For a full summary of items requested in the needs assessment for the reimbursement plan, click here. For a full summary of items requested in the needs assessment for the direct aid plan, click here.

Funding will be distributed through the following avenues:

  • County reimbursement: $448,710.17
  • County planned independent expenditures: $697,895.10
  • Cities reimbursement: $160,571.23
  • Cities transfer requests: $759,544.98
  • Schools reimbursement: $34,876.76
  • Schools transfer requests: $2,315,127
  • Public health grant requests: $732,234.76
  • Community support program: $100,000
  • Community testing program: $1,000,000
  • Senior center sustainment program: $90,000
  • Long-term care support program: $300,000
  • Private schools and colleges support program: $350,000

The funds are being allocated to help improve or reimburse several focus areas related to COVID-19. Some examples include - but are not necessarily limited to - purchasing personal protective equipment, disinfecting and cleaning equipment and supplies, community COVID-19 testing equipment and capabilities, online learning and connectivity, critical transportation, and aiding at-risk populations with support such as food, utility or rent assistance

The plan for fund distribution will be sent to the State of Kansas for review and approval, which is expected on or before Sept. 15. Upon approval, additional information on how community organizations and businesses in Harvey County can submit applications for the respective programs will be made available. Funding must be spent by Dec. 30, 2020.

Additionally, the State of Kansas will begin accepting applications for Phase Two of funding starting Aug. 19 at noon. This is a second round of funding, separate from the projects outlined above. This phase of funding is aimed to aid businesses with grants. More information can be found on the Kansas Department of Commerce website