Topeka, KS – Governor Laura Kelly today awarded $4.1 million in Community Service Tax Credits (CSP) to bolster the fundraising efforts of 29 nonprofit organizations across Kansas that improve local access to quality child care, healthcare, education, arts, and housing. The administration continued its ongoing commitment to addressing the child care shortage by including almost $1 million specifically for nonprofits that boost the supply of child care options. 

“It’s no surprise that the best solutions to the issues facing Kansas communities often come from local nonprofits rooted in those very communities,” said Governor Kelly. “That’s why we’re doing everything possible to lift up the work of our nonprofits through programs like the Community Service Tax Credits.”

CSP tax credits have been issued in the Sunflower State since 1994. The program provides a 70% tax credit to qualified donors in rural communities (populations less than 15,000) and a 50% tax credit in larger communities. The credits are a direct deduction from the donor’s state tax obligation. For example, a donor making a $1,000 gift in a rural community receives a $700 tax credit when they file their state taxes, making the net cost to the donor only $300. 

This year, CSP will assist five different counties with building new or upgrading existing childcare facilities. Communities statewide will be assisted in their efforts to improve healthcare facilities or purchase new diagnostic equipment; create housing options for low-income or homeless Kansans; update libraries; expand access to the arts and cultural attractions; provide new shelters for foster children and victims of domestic and sexual violence; and design innovative public gathering spaces. 

“The ingenuity displayed by this year’s awardees working to improve the quality of life in their communities is impressive,” said Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland. “Supporting these local initiatives allows the state to continue attracting new businesses to invest in Kansas. Strong communities provide a stable workforce, which benefits the entire economy.” 

Awarded nonprofits were chosen through a highly competitive, score-based selection process. This year, 29 of the 55 requested projects received CSP funding. 

CSP funding is being awarded to the following organizations: 

About the Kansas Department of Commerce 

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce’s project successes, Kansas was awarded Area Development Magazine’s prestigious Gold Shovel award in 2021 and 2022, and was awarded the 2021 Governor’s Cup by Site Selection Magazine 

About the Community Development Division  

The Community Development Division at the Kansas Department of Commerce exists to improve quality-of-life in communities across the state through various programs and services. The Kansas Department of Commerce understands the immense role played by strong communities in economic development and prioritizes investments in people and communities as major contributors to the overall strength of the Kansas economy. To learn more, visit the Community Development page at the Kansas Commerce website.