NEW:  Child Care Action Lab Grants: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5v7PlcWXKuy1GRf

    NEW:  Restaurant Employee Relief Fund:  https://rerf.us/

    New: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

    • Starting April 3 small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
    • Starting April 10 independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.

    New:  SBA Disaster Loan Application Instructions:  www.kansassbdc.net/covid19

    • Scroll down and listen to the presentation titled SBA Disaster Loans Programs Overview 4/2/2020


    Press Release from U.S. Representative Roger Marshall’s office regarding Phase 2 and Phase 3 provisions of the coronavirus CARES ACT.  See the **3 links below for more information on the following topics:

    • Labor Provisions :  Paid Family & Sick Leave new guidelines
    • Labor Provisoins : Unemployment provisions for those not previously covered
    • Small Business Lending :  Paycheck Protection Lending program (“…if employees can prove employment continuity through end of June, the loan will turn into a grant!”)
      • What:   Business/Community Leaders Call w/SBA
      • Topic:    Paycheck Protection Loan
      • When:   10:30 A.m. Tue, April 7
      • Number: (701) 791-9772 (no passcode or access pin is required)
    • Direct Payments : Infor about payments mailed to most Americans
    • Daycare Block Grants : Funding to help daycare providers remain open & operational
    • U.S Citizens Overseas :  State Department is working on plans to bring everyone back to US ASAP


    **3 Links mentioned above:

    Letter from Representative Roger Marshall's Office

    Unemployment Press Release

    Small Business Press Release


    SBA: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:  Disaster Loan Assistance Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters




    KANSAS TOGETHER - a website intended to be a one-stop resource for Kansas families and business owners seeking quick access to the information and tools needed to navigate and mitigate the impact of coronavirus in our state.

    Norton County Community Foundation Launches Emergency Grant Funding Program In Response to COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE HERE

    Kansas Department of Labor Website: https://www.dol.ks.gov/     

    HIRE Hospitality Industry Relief Fund – PLEASE NOTE: The $5 Million allocated to this program has already been awarded, based on first come first serve basis. They took 1300 applications within 48 hours, and awarded funds to 345 applicants.  HOWEVER, it is highly recommended that all Hospitality industry businesses in Norton County who anticipate economic impact from the COVID-19 disaster, Please do complete and submit the application form ASAP, it will place you closer to the top of the list if/when they reallocate more funds to the HIRE relief.


    City of Norton CDBG Local Revolving Loan funds for the effects of COVID-19 impact on local businesses:  Contact Norton City Clerk at (785) 877-5000



    The City of Norton is posting this notice for the purpose of considering applications to be submitted to city funds under our CDBG Local Revolving Loan Fund for the effects of COVID-19 on local businesses. The funds will be available for job retention and will be used for working capital such as salaries, wages, inventory, utilities, rent, insurance payments, etc. and must retain jobs. The estimated funds available will be $35,000 maximum per job retained, with 51% of jobs retained being LMI jobs. Oral and written comments will be recorded and become a part of the City of Norton's CDBG Citizen Participation Plan.

    Existing local businesses interested in applying for working capital assistance should contact the Norton City Clerk at ntclerk@ruraltel.net for an application. Reasonable accommodations will be made available to persons with disabilities.  Posted March 24, 2020. SEE RELATED DOCUMENTS BELOW.

    Emergency Response Loan Application DOC

    Job Certification Form Norton County DOC

    Job Certification for Economic Development Projects DOC

    Norton CDBG RLF Summary of Terms

    County Income Limits DOC

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website CLICK HERE for Resources for Business & Employers

    Kansas Department of Commerce Business Resources-Includes Many State and Local Links  CLICK HERE for Information and Resources related to funding, incentives, and loans.

    USDA & Food & Nutrition Service relief measures  CLICK HERE for Information and Resources to help rural residents and businesses.


    Topic: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - Loan Application Process

    Although the webinar has already been held, you may be interested to review the material presented.  




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  • Norton Highlights

    Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.

    Watch Here

    Norton County Arts Council Updates! Click Here...


  • Member Spotlight

    NORTON COUNTY MAGAZINE (Est. 2011) Covering the people, life, history and commerce of Norton County! The Magazine is published quarterly.  Thanks to great sponsors, the Norton County Magazine is free to Norton County residents in zip codes 67622, 67645, 67653 and 67654 as well as nearby community 67647. If you live in these zip code areas and are not receiving your issue, let us know.  To subscribe, send your name, mailing address and email address to Norton County Magazine, PO Box 163, Norton, KS 67654 with your check made payable to Frontier Community Foundation. The rate is $24 per year for 4 issues. Carolyn Applegate, Editor.  Contact Information:  (785) 877-3968






  • News Releases

  • Norton Christian Church Launches Volunteer Delivery Program SEE PRESS RELEASE

    Norton County Community Foundation Launches Emergency Grant Funding Program In Response to COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE HERE

    U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE.

    COVID-19 Prairie Land Electric Cooperative Press Release Regarding Services PRESS RELEASE

    Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Assistance-Read more about what to do to apply for assistance if your business is effected by COVID 19 HERE!

    Download the SBA Disaster Assistance Letter by CLICKING HERE.


    State Street is Vying for $25K Cash Prize in National Contest Recognizing America's Main Streets CLICK HERE for Press Release   CLICK HERE to VOTE

    Norton County Community Foundation Announces Match Day 2020 Details. Click HERE for Details!

    Click here for the latest issue of the Lenora Meridian