Seward County Launches Coronavirus Relief Programs
Seward County has worked diligently to design and implement a portfolio of recovery programs to most effectively utilize the $6,419,281.00 in allocated Coronavirus Relief Funds (“CRF”) made
available to the County from the State of Kansas through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. On September 17, 2020, the State of Kansas approved the County’s Direct Aid Spending Plan and provided approval for the County’s first set of
reimbursement requests submitted by the County’s nonprofits and governmental entities. As part of the Direct Aid Spending Plan, the County was given approval to continue providing reimbursements for qualified, incurred expenses through its COVID-19 Reimbursement and FEMA Matching Program.
Seward County is excited to announce the launch of three new programs and a continuation of the COVID-19 Reimbursement and FEMA Matching Program designed to meet the most immediate recovery needs of our community while helping to rebuild a more resilient economy.
You may access the county’s dedicated webpage for CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds found
Below is an overview of each program.
1. COVID-19 Agency Operational Relief Grant Program
As part of its strategy to rebuild the local economy, the County has established the COVID-19
Agency Operational Relief Grant Program, which is designed to meet the needs of the County's small businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities.
The Program provides grants to cover eligible COVID-19 expenditures made or planned through
year-end 2020, including costs associated with operating losses, costs of "business interruptions
and disruptions," and expenses related to public health actions for small businesses and private
In addition to supporting small businesses and nonprofits, the County will provide governmental
entities, political subdivisions, and municipalities such as cities, higher education institutions,
and school districts with grants to address the impact of COVID-19.
2. Household Emergency Relief Program
As part of its strategy to support households impacted by the pandemic, Seward County has
established the COVID-19 Household Emergency Relief Program designed to alleviate burdens
on the most vulnerable individuals or households experiencing financial crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program provides funding for residents to pay up to four months of past-due rent, mortgage and utility payments, as well as, funding to cover the increased rent, mortgage and utility burden due to financial hardships caused by COVID-19 for up to two months. Further, given concerns about the cost of broadband, the County will also aid with covering the cost of broadband installation and / or up to four months of funding to cover broadband services for LMI households.
This Program alleviates burdens on the most vulnerable individuals or households experiencing
financial hardship due to COVID-19 and to provide greater economic security to residents of Seward County by:
• Reducing the rent and utility burden on rental households and prevent homelessness for households impacted by COVID-19.
• Mitigating the risk of homeowners foreclosing on their homes due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19.
• Increasing the affordability of broadband access for Low and Moderate Income (LMI) households to improve access to telehealth, facilitate distance learning, and allow for remote work.
3. Response and Recovery Grant Program
This grant program is designed to help nonprofits, governmental entities, community organizations, businesses and healthcare providers to respond to and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and propose recovery initiatives that are right-sized for targeted relief of the communities served. The County will prioritize program proposals that address Connectivity, Workforce Development and Childcare to help close these critical gaps in the community.
Interested Applicants should respond to the Notice of Funding Availability published on the
4. Covid-19 Expense Reimbursements for Governmental Agencies and Non-Profits. Governmental Agencies and Non-Profits can continue to submit requests for reimbursements through the Covid-19 Reimbursement and FEMA Matching Program, which has been occurring since July.
More information as well as the applications are available on the County’s CRF Webpage.
Additionally, these applications and information will be available in Spanish next week.
The Board of County Commissioners met on August 13, 2020 and adopted its Direct Aid Spending Plan which sets forth the County’s plans for how it will use the CRF Funds.
The County also approved reimbursements for expenditures which were incurred by governmental entities and non-profits from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Reimbursements to public educational and municipal entities were required by the State of Kansas as a condition of receiving CRF funds.
The County’s Direct Aid Spending Plan sets up three programs in order to benefit local small businesses, individuals and governmental entities.
The State of Kansas has until September 15, 2020 to approve the County’s plan. Upon the plans approval, the programs will immediately impact Seward County’s small businesses, individuals and non-profits.
Consultants Iparametrics presented their findings regarding the community needs assessment along with their recommendations for a direct spending plan at the Seward County Commision’s meeting on August 10, 2020.
The adoption of the direct spending plan along with approval of certain requested reimbursements (resulting from the pandemic) from governmental entities and non-profits will be considered at a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Community members are encouraged to attend in order to see how the county intends to use the CFR funds.
Governmental entities and non-profits are encouraged to continue to submit requests for reimbursements for Covid related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
This may be done the web portal as described in the 8-7-20 update below. Questions may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Seward County’s consultants, Iparametrics met with county staff on August 5, 2020 to discuss logistics and get staff input on preliminary recommendations for the direct spending plan prior to the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting which will occur on August 10 at 5:30 p.m.
At that time, the consultants will present their recommendations for the direct spending plan and procedures for reimbursement of the CRF funds.
On August 6, 2020, Iparametrics met via zoom meeting with local non-profits and political subdivisions in order to discuss how reimbursements for Covid related expenses can be applied for through a web-based portal.
All non-profits and political subdivisions seeking reimbursement will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Authorization for Direct Payment Form.
Those executed forms will need to be emailed to the county’s consultants Alexandria Harvey by emailing them to Alexandria.Harvey@metriceng.com
The consultants will assign an Organization ID for each entity once they have the Authorization for Direct Payment Form. The Consultants will communicate the ID to the entity, so the reimbursement requests can begin to be inputted by the entity.
It is understood that the MOU may not be able to be returned immediately as it will likely have to be approved the relevant governing body.
However, no payments will be made for reimbursements until an MOU is in place. The link to the MOU can be found on the left hand side of this page.
Further, the reimbursement will need to be submitted by Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
After that is done, reimbursement can be applied for through the Seward County Reimbursement portal.
Any questions may continue to be directed to email@example.com
08/03/2020 Update The consultants from Iparametrics met with governmental entities, local leaders, non-profits, and businesses on July 27 through July 29. During the week of August 3, the consultants will take the information they received from the meetings and surveys to prioritize local needs and develop a direct spending plan for the CRF funds.
They will also be working on procedures to evaluate requests for reimbursements from governmental entities and local non-profits. Following meetings with county staff, Iparametrics will then present its recommendations for the Direct Spending Plan and procedures for reimbursement to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday August 10, at 5:30 p.m.
Once the plan is approved by the commission, it will be submitted by August 17 to the State of Kansas for approval. Any questions concerning the CRF funds may continue to be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The County has engaged consultants, Iparametrics, to assist it with the handling of the CARES act CRF funds received from the state.
The County’s consultants will be in Liberal the week of July 27, 2020 in order to further analyze the local communities’ Covid related needs, in conjunction with the community needs surveys.
The public is encouraged to continue to fill out the online surveys, which can be found on the Seward county website at sewardcountyks.org.
On Monday, July 27, at 8:30 a.m. representatives from local political subdivisions will be meeting in Liberal with the consultants from Iparametrics at the Comfort Suites conference room at 2891 Centennial Boulevard.
This is followed by meetings between local non-profits at 10:30 a.m. on the 27th also at the Comfort Suites conference room.
The Board of County Commissioners will then meet at 5:30 p.m. in its chambers at the Seward County Administration building where an update will be given. These all are open meetings and the public may attend.