The Kansas State University Center for Engagement and Community Development has received a $81,484 check from the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program.
The money will be used to continue training and assistance for community development efforts in small communities across the state. The program has a dollar of dollar matching funds requirement and is made to an intermediary which in turns provides technical assistance in the development of projects.
USDA Rural Development state director Chuck Banks also announced three grants to business development.
Neosho County Community College in Chanute gets $50,000 from the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program to help it train workers for the construction industry in southeast Kansas. The grant will be combined with $182,599 in other funds.
The City of Parsons has been approved for a $200,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to help it develop an industrial park. The city has a commitment from the first industrial park tenant, a small business that will start by creating three new jobs with plans to grow to 25 employees.
Central Prairie Resources Conservation and Development has been approved for an enterprise grant of $49,000 to establish a revolving loan fund to help small and emerging businesses in Barton County.
For more information on USDA Rural Development Programs and how they work, log onto www.rurdev.usda.gov/ks.