Simply...Garnett, Kansas


  The City of Garnett and Anderson County were both awarded $132,000 in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds by Governor Laura Kelly on June 2, 2020.  A portion of those funds are to be used to administer the grant. Anderson County and Garnett contracted with Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission to assist with administering the funds.  Each entity has $126,000 to grant to businesses in Garnett and Anderson County.
  These grant funds are to assist small businesses who employ persons from low to medium income households. 
  To date, we have had nine (9) qualifying businesses apply for the grant.  Five (5) of those businesses are in the county and four (4) are located in the City of Garnett.  The funding for the County at this time has been exhausted, however, the City of Garnett still has funds to administer.
  The grant funds are to be used for working capital such as employee wages, rent, mortgage, and to purchase up to 60 days inventory needed to reopen the business.
  The following requirements must be met to qualify for the City funds:

  • Must be physically located in Garnett city limits.
  • Must employ one to fifty employees.
  • Must have at least 51% full-time equivalent jobs for persons from low to medium income households.
  • Must provide financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Must submit the application and all required supporting documentation.
  • Must disclose if received capital through the alternative sources, such as Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan at the time of application submittal.

  If you would like more information or to apply you can go to    to download the application or contact Julie Turnipseed at 785-448-5496, extension  5, or email

  These funds are available until allocated, 

There might be some confusion about a little-known tax credit, the Employee Retention Tax Credit or ERTC. That’s a shame because it is potentially more powerful and useful than the Paycheck Protection Program, which saved over 128,000 jobs in Johnson County alone last year! Here are the details: 

  • The tax credits can pay up to $7,000 per employee per quarter for the first two quarters of 2021
  • You can have up to 500 employees in order to participate – 98% of employers qualify
  • If you were shut down due to COVID or are seeing at least a 20% drop in revenue in the first or second quarter of 2021 (vs. the same quarters in 2019), you should qualify
  • This year, you can participate in the PPP and the ERTC at the same time!
  • You can apply starting with Q2, so you have some time to work with your accountant or payroll provider.
  • You can even request the credits in advance with IRS Form 7200.

Part of the confusion comes from the fact that the credits are to your payroll deduction accounts (FICA and Medicare) and so many employers are thinking, perhaps, that they would only get 70% of their contributions. These are fully refundable tax credits, however, so it really doesn’t matter how much has been set aside for your FICA contributions – the amount is based upon payroll itself, up to $10,000 per employee, per quarter (70% of $10,000 brings us to the $7,000 per quarter max.). If the credits are more than your withholding deposits, you still get the full amount of the credits. 

Want more common sense answers on what may seem complicated? HERE IT IS

CDBG-CV Funds Still Available for Garnett Businesses

ACDA Office - Inside Garnett City Hall

131 West 5th Avenue, P.O. Box H

Garnett, Kansas  66032 USA


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