Money from the federal government to offset losses from the COVID pandemic are coming into Cowley County.
Part of the federal CARES act, the funding is being funneled through the state to local entities. The Kansas SPARK (Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas) office is responsible for the overall distribution of the funding across the state.
Cowley County set up a panel to review funding applications.
So far a variety of Cowley County organizations have been the recipients of $853,434.81 of the $7.16 million earmarked for the county.
These organizations include:
• City of Arkansas City, $9,568.56
• Ark City Public Library, $4,756.03
• Center for Child Health and Development, $25,185.88
• Cowley College, $100,726.57
• Presbyterian Manor, $21,948.91
• Southcentral Kansas Medical Center, $63,834.29
• Southwestern College, $87,855.53
• Udall Fire District, $713.38
• USD 462, $2,366.27
• USD 465, $45,373.64
• USD 470, $317,199.37
• USD 471, $58,182.38
• City of Winfield, $86,872.29
• Winfield Recreation Center, $2,149.73
• William Newton Hospital, $26,701.98
Several county businesses have also received funding that will be discussed at Tuesday’s county commission meeting by Kerri Falletti, director of Cowley First:
• KPM, $4,000
• Cowley County Broadcasting, $4,000
• Winfield Hospitality Inc., $12,000
Those grants came through the Kansas Department of Commerce and are earmarked for “working capital.”
This is the first round of approval of funds.
Goff said a memorandum of understanding between the school districts and the county will result in a hearing Oct. 1 to discuss how the funding will be distributed.