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Small Communities Improvement Program
Program Purpose
Chris Harris
Business and Community Development Division

1000 S.W. Jackson St.
Suite 100
Topeka, KS  66612

Phone: (785) 296-6815
TTY: 711
Fax: (785) 296-3776

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Small Communities Improvement Program (SCIP) sets aside $500,000 each year for small communities that are undertaking improvement projects through sweat equity and volunteerism. The program is designed to assist communities with populations of 5,000 or less that are not eligible for other Department of Commerce assistance and might not have the capacity to provide matching funds. The maximum award for a single project is $125,000.

Self-help requires communities to determine which parts of the project they can complete on their own. The community acts as the general contractor, organizing local labor and equipment and coordinating work that needs to be done by a subcontractor. The SCIP provides direction, technical assistance, guidance and the support to make it happen. Self-help and volunteerism must result in savings of at least 40 percent of the project’s marketplace price.

2012 Update: Due to the ongoing budgeting process the deadline for the 2012 SCIP application is being postponed.  The application deadline has not yet been determined.  Please continue to check the website for the application and deadline.  Please contact the program manager if you have any questions.

Eligible Projects
Examples of eligible projects are:
  • Arts
  • Entertainment
  • Theaters
  • Historic preservation projects that impact the quality of life in: 
    • City-sponsored farmers markets
    • Community
    • Parks
    • Playground equipment
    • Public restrooms
    • Walking trails

Communities must be able to validate the impact the project will have on the quality of life for the residents of their city. The program is competitive and offered annually.

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