Downtown Lawrence, Inc. has received $450,000 in grant funding to support Retail and Service businesses in Douglas County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
You are eligible to apply to receive these funds if you:
● Are locally owned and operated retailer or personal or professional services provider
● Have an FEIN
● Are a business registered in Kansas with a Douglas County address
● Are in good standing with the Kansas Secretary of State office
● Have operated, or plan to operate during the period of March 1 – December 31, 2020.
Continuous operation during this timeframe is not required.
To apply for a Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES Act, Small Business Grant Application, please click here. (You will be leaving the DLI website and entering the online Grant Management System of Douglas County Community Foundation.) From the Logon Page, enter your email address, leave the password field blank, and click on the Create New Account button under the password field. Please complete all required fields, which are designated by an asterisk, to create your account. Once your account is created, from your Applicant Dashboard, click the red Apply link at the top of the page. Then scroll to the 2020 Downtown Lawrence Inc., CARES Act, Small Business Grant Application section and click the blue Apply button on the right.
The grant funds will provide reimbursement for necessary expenditures by retail and service businesses to respond to the COVID public health emergency, including PPE, sanitation, public health measures and/or business interruption related expenses.
Total amounts available to each business will depend on the number of applicants. Funds will be distributed in two waves to ensure grants are accessible and equitable across the Douglas County Retail community.
Grant funds will be reimbursed based on actual expenses, and in order of priority, placing preference on Minority–, Women– and Veteran-Owned businesses. Supporting documents are required.
Retail businesses in Douglas County are defined as those businesses that typically have a storefront and buy or manufacture a product that they resell to the general public and specifically include banks or other financial institutions, printing or copy centers.
Personal Service businesses are defined as those businesses that typically have a storefront and provide a service to the general public.
Professional Service businesses are defined as those businesses that typically work out of an office environment and provide custom services to their customers.