The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) announces the recent approval of two new programs designed to strengthen an important sector of the Kansas economy and create jobs.
The Creative Economy Project Support program provides funding to help communities and organizations complete initiatives that focus on a broad range of cultural and economic development activities, while the Creative Arts Industry Incentives program will offer different financial incentives for creative professionals, businesses and organizations that are looking to relocate to or expand in Kansas.
“I want to commend the work of the commission for putting into action Governor Brownback’s vision of expanding the creative arts industry in Kansas,” said Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The CAIC is dedicated to the promotion, support and expansion of the state’s creative industries. These new programs will enable the commission to support communities, businesses and creative professionals as they help us grow the Kansas economy.”
The Creative Economy Project Support program supports initiatives that can include the creation of designated creative districts, rehabilitation of historic properties and cultural tourism product development, among other projects. The Creative Arts Industry Incentives program can be used for workforce expansion, capital investment assistance and workforce training assistance.
“I look forward to the CAIC and these programs helping to expand the creative arts industry in Kansas,” said Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon, who is chairman of the CAICs advisory committee. “These programs will fund projects that will allow individuals and communities to enhance their quality of life as well as our economy.”
For more information on the CAIC, complete program details and full application guidelines go to KansasCommerce.com/CAIC.
Creative Economy Project Support Program:
This program will award initiatives based upon the strength of inter-sector partnerships and the ability to leverage the assets of the creative sector that can improve the state’s quality of life and economy. The criteria for evaluation includes cultural value; community participation and accessibility; planning, evaluation and documentation of the project; organizational and financial management; and long term economic impact.
Applicants must submit an initial application by March 4 and complete a full application by May 15. Funds must be expended on project activities between June 30, 2013, and June 30, 2014, although related project activities can take place beyond the grant period. Applications will be reviewed by a seven-person panel representing all six economic regions of the state. The panel will then present recommendations to the CAIC.
Creative Arts Industry Incentives Program:
This program will offer a diverse portfolio of financial incentives for creative professionals. Applications can be considered for workforce expansion, workforce training assistance and capital investment assistance and will be accepted, reviewed and approved for funding on a monthly, ongoing basis. Programs under this area can include:
• Workforce Expansion incentives can be awarded to qualified companies or organizations that commit to creating at least one new full-time job (or one FTE job, so this could also be used for two part-time jobs) in the creative sector.
• Capital Investment Assistance can be used to expand or renovate a new or existing facility or to purchase equipment and materials that will expand or improve the applicant’s business or organization.
• The Workforce Training Assistance program may be used to assist companies and organizations in training new, existing, or future employees in creative arts integrated programs that address emerging technologies, areas of skills shortages and curricula resulting in opportunities for increased student success and workforce readiness.