Governor Laura Kelly (D) and the Kansas Infrastructure Hub or KIH recently formed the $200 million Build Kansas Fund; created to provide state matching dollars to local communities for infrastructure undertakings that include water, transportation, energy, cybersecurity, and broadband projects through fiscal year 2027.
[Above photo by the Kansas DOT]
Gov. Kelly created the KIH in 2022 as an “effective and efficient” distribution portal for funds received from Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in 2021.
The KIH – which serves as a “coordinating body” comprised of representatives from the Kansas Departments of Administration, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Environment and Transportation, along with the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Water Office – will manage the Build Kansas Fund, offering technical assistance, tracking funds, and promoting grant opportunities.
“The Build Kansas Fund makes it possible for communities across the state to seize the tremendous opportunities provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” the governor noted in a statement.
“These matching dollars empower our local leaders to forge ahead with projects that will grow our economy, connect people and businesses to high-speed internet, and build safer infrastructure that improves life for all Kansans,” she said.
“The Kansas Infrastructure Hub has been working diligently to unite cross-sector stakeholders around Kansas’ infrastructure priorities,” added Calvin Reed, Kansas DOT secretary. “We look forward to supporting Build Kansas Fund applicants as they strive to optimize their BIL projects’ potential.”
The Kansas DOT noted that “eligible entities” for build fund grants include Kansas state agencies, counties, municipalities, special districts, community organizations, nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes that have or intend to apply for IIJA funds requiring a non-federal match.