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Posted on: February 8, 2010

Department awards $500,000 in Small Communities Improvement Program grants

Six rural Kansas communities will share $500,000 in Small Communities Improvement Program funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce, officials announced today.


The cities of Phillipsburg, Rossville, St. Mary’s, Tribune, Udall and White City were each awarded funds through the program, which is designed to assist communities with populations of 5,000 or less. The six communities will provide $681,690 volunteer time, labor and materials toward their projects.

“We are excited to provide funding to these deserving communities and organizations,” said Secretary of Commerce Bill Thornton. “The Small Communities Improvement Program was created especially for our smallest communities, those communities that sometimes struggle to secure other funding sources. SCIP funding is a great tool for us to encourage rural community development in Kansas.”

SCIP allows communities to apply for funds for projects and determine which parts of the project they can complete on their own. The community acts as the general contractor, organizing local labor and equipment and coordinating work done by a subcontractor. The SCIP provides direction, technical assistance, guidance and support to make it happen. Self-help and volunteerism must produce savings of at least 40 percent of the project’s marketplace price. This year’s six winners were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants.

For more information, visit www.KansasCommerce.com/SCIP or contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or jmonaco@kansascommerce.com.

The communities receiving grant awards are as follows:

City of Phillipsburg ($125,000)
Funding will go toward the completion of Phase II improvements to the Majestic Theatre. This award will allow for the restoration of the historical building housing the theatre. The community will provide at least $142,700 in labor and materials.

City of Tribune ($59,265)
The funding will go to the City of Tribune for the restoration of their community carnival. This award will provide for renovation the individual rides, the purchase of a tilt-a-whirl and the completion of a building for storage. The community will provide at least $39,777 in labor and materials.

City of Udall ($124,615)
The funding will go to the City of Udall for the revitalization of its City Park. This award will assist in construction of an amphitheatre, a playground area and a restroom. The community will provide at least $298,801 in labor and materials.

City of Rossville ($75,000)
The funding will go the City of Rossville for improvements to its community playground. This award will provide for new playground equipment, improved accessibility and safer surfaces. The community will provide at least $71,825 in labor and materials.

White City ($61,285)
The funding will go to White City for its Centennial Park Improvement Project. This award will allow for the removal of old playground equipment, construction of a new park building, a walking trail and the refurbishment of existing structures. The community will provide at least $49,121 in labor and materials.

City of St. Mary’s ($54,835)
The funding will go to the City of St. Mary’s for its Riverside Park Renovation. This award will assist the community in purchasing new playground equipment to replace the unsafe existing equipment. The community will provide at least $79,465 in labor and materials.

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