The purpose of Strategic Economic Expansion and Development (SEED) grants is to support the economic revitalization of Kansas communities under 5,000 population through investments in quality-of-life initiatives. The funded projects are required to provide a minimum 10-percent match as well as be completed within 12 months. Projects must fit within the following categories:
- Childcare and senior programming – projects that support or enhance these services, such as building improvements, educational materials, supplies and equipment
- Community vibrancy – projects that refresh, re-energize and unlock the attractiveness of rural communities, such as art installations, murals and signage
- Food retail – projects that support access to food retail establishments, including development, renovation and/or expansion
- Libraries – projects that support providing free and open access to a broad range of materials and services, including reading material, technology, furniture and building improvements
SEED grants are funded under the Technology-Enabled Fiduciary Financial Institutions Development and Expansion Act (KS Stat § 9-2324 ), which was enacted in 2021 to promote and facilitate the development and growth of trust banks in Kansas; regulate fiduciary financial activities and custodial services and Kansas; and to locate trust bank office space in economic growth zones in rural Kansas.
You can find the official Kansas Department of Commerce press release here.