Grants and Scholarships

Attraction and Retention Mini Grants

This program is designed to improve the economic vitality of the region by supporting the business environment through attraction of new businesses and assistance to existing businesses. it is focused on assisting small startups and existing firms with mini grants to underwrite costs related to technical assistance.

A base mini grant of $500 is available within Miami County’s unincorporated area and the City of Fontana. The cities of Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola and Spring Hill have agreed to add $250 funds for a limited number of applicants from businesses located within their city limits.

Allowed Uses of Funds

The program is funded by a grant given to the Greater Miami County Economic Development Corporation and general fund tax dollars allocated by the local cities. 

  • No more than $500 from the county and NetWork Kansas will be awarded to the same person or business via a single or multiple applications during a two-year period. For those applications leveraged by community match funds, the maximum combined award is $750.
  • Tuition Payment – Courses designed to improve the firm’s operations and expand services are a high priority.  Examples of these courses may include customer service training, workforce training and financial management.  Training may be for either the firm’s ownership team or key employees.
  • Counseling or Professional Service Assistance – Businesses needing professional services and counseling may apply for assistance through this program.  Examples of potential assistance include funding to consult with an attorney, accountant, marketing specialist or other professional service providers capable of providing direction regarding the business’ services, operations or potential for expansion. For existing businesses, payment of an ongoing service or commitment is not eligible.

More information on the program is available here.

Technical Training Scholarships

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard. The Greater Miami County Economic Development Corporation wants to help business owners who need to take a moment to reset.

A fund has been created to provide scholarships for business owners who want to reassess their operations and gain added business expertise. These small scholarships of up to $150 can cover two thirds of registration costs for courses offered by the Small Business Development Center. 

The process is simple.

  • Identify the program that will be most helpful for you.
  • Complete the application and submit it.
  • We will notify you of your approval.
  • Enroll in the course, pay the registration and complete the course.
  • Provide verification that you completed the course.
  • We reimburse you for the authorized amount.