Since 2013, the Business Improvement (BI) Grant has assisted with 148 different business improvement projects throughout our county. The Atchison County Development Corporation (ACDC) designed this program to encourage growth and development of existing Atchison County businesses, but they have also seen an infusion of over $304,000 back into our local economy in the form of goods and services from Atchison County vendors. Since 2013, grant recipients have invested in themselves and leveraged nearly $148,000 in ACDC grants (county sales tax dollars) to complete $805,000 worth of much needed improvements.

In 2022, ACDC will once again offer funds through this reimbursed matching grant program on projects that will improve aesthetics, safety and/or function of existing businesses. Two grants are available.

BASIC: grant will equal up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements, maximum $1,000. (If total project cost is $1,200: ACDC’s reimbursed grant is $600 + business pays $600. If total project cost is $2,200: ACDC’s grant is $1,000 + business pays $1,200.)

2.0: grant will equal up to one-third of the cost of eligible improvements, maximum of $2,500. (If total project cost is $7,500+: ACDC’s reimbursed grant is $2,500 + business pays $5,000+.)

ACDC could award up to $20,000 in grants for the 2022 BI grant cycle, depending upon number of applications and project selection. Any Atchison County business current on taxes and licensure can apply unless it received any ACDC grant in 2020 or 2021.

Applications will be accepted via mail only (ACDC, P.O. Box 243, Rock Port, MO 64482) beginning February 1, 2022. Eligible projects must be approved prior to beginning work. Completed applications (including vendor bids and project estimates) will be considered by the grant committee in the order they are received. Applications will be accepted until all funds have been awarded. Visit www.atchisoncounty.org/acdcgrants to download the application and guidelines or contact ACDC (660-744-6562, acdc@atchisoncounty.org) to have a copy sent to you.