Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund Application- Business Jump Start Fund
The Emporia Community Foundation, Emporia Main Street, KVOE, and United Way of the Flint Hills are pleased to announce the creation of the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund. The four agencies joined forces to broaden the reach of the existing Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund in order to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties surrounding COVID-19 relief.  100% of donations will be used to help respond to COVID-19 in the region. The Emporia Community Foundation, where the funds will be held, is waiving administrative fees for the fund. 

The Business Jump Start Grant will provide small locally owned businesses with small grants for the purpose of building inventory and service capacity as business restrictions surrounding the pandemic are relaxed or eliminated.  We want to ensure that businesses are in a position to jump start sales as the community regional business environment emerges from the worst impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund will have multiple phases of funding to address both the immediate and longer-term needs related to this crisis. The initial focus is on the medical community. Future phases will focus on economic needs. Priority will be given to local organizations working to meet the basic needs of those most significantly impacted by this crisis.

Those interested in donating to the fund may give online at,, or Donors may also mail their contribution to either the United Way or the Emporia Community Foundation. Until the statewide stay-home order is lifted, both United Way and Emporia Community Foundation offices are closed to the public, so donors are asked not to make donations in person.

For more information, please contact:
United Way of the Flint Hills: Mickey Edwards, (620) 342-7564 or KVOE: Ron Thomas, (620) 342-1400 or
Emporia Main Street: Casey Woods, (620) 340-6430 or Emporia Community Foundation: Becky Nurnberg, (620) 342-9304 or
Eligibility for the greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund Jump Start Grant is as follows:
- Must be an existing for-profit business within the defined region.
- Must have 100 or fewer employees owned and operated within the defined region.
- Eligible business categories include: retailers, restaurants, bars, service based businesses, and event centers.
- Eligible business entities include: LLC's, Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, C-Corps, and Limited Partnerships.
- Funding can be used for working capital expenses that include but are not limited to inventory and other assorted startup costs for existing businesses reopening or expanding operations as pandemic restrictions relax.

What is your official business name? 


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What is your Tax I.D. or EIN #?


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What was the Month and Year your business was established?


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What is your Business Entity type?

Sole Proprietorship
Limited Partnership
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Does the applying business have a related operating or holding company?


If you answered yes, please provide the name of the related entity:


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Please enter the information indicated below.

By entering my personal information, I consent to receive email communications from the survey author's organization based on the information collected.

First Name:
Last Name:
Job Title:
Company Name:
Work Phone:
Email Address:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Postal Code:


Has your business applied for and/or received Covid-19 relief funding from any other sources? 

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If you answered yes, please list all the sources your business applied for and/or received for Covid-19 relief funding. 


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If you receive a grant, how would your business utilize funds to help restart or expand your business once pandemic regulations are relaxed?


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Please provide an overall description of the business ad relevant details (business name, length of time in business, services provided, products produced, business's mission and goals, etc.):


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Describe how the use of The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund enhances the ability of this business to survive:


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What is the current number of full time employees for the business? 


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What is the current number of part time employees for the business?


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How does your business contribute to the community and/or region?


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What is the dollar amount of your funding request? (these are small grants, with totals awarded decided on a case by case basis)


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The applying business certifies that the information entered into this Application is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge. By applying for this fund, the applicant agrees to the marketing release below.

Marketing Release of Information Declaration
The recipient of a Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund Jump Start Grant, hereafter referred to as "Client", agrees to the following Marketing Release of Information to be used by the Emporia Main Street for the purpose of promoting the successful delivery of services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The Client agrees to provide pertinent information to Emporia Main Street for the purpose of preparing a news release for distribution to other Resource Partners and media outlets as determined by Emporia Main Street; Information for the news release will be obtained primarily from the application, corresponding documents, the Resource Partner and the Client's web sites and previously published information, and by phone interviews with representatives of both parties;

In addition to disseminating the resulting news release to media outlets, Emporia Main Street may distribute all or part of the news release and related information to organizations, networks, and individuals via email, Emporia Main Street and third-party Web sites, blogs, instant messaging, chat rooms, message boards, etc.