County to receive $5.7 million in SPARKS/CARES funds for redistribution


By Anne Hassler Heidel

McPHERSON—Money appropriated by the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is finding its way to McPherson County after appropriation by the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) task force established by Governor Laura Kelly.

SPARK has allocated $5,756,079 to McPherson County to use for expenses incurred by government, non-profits, schools, and healthcare organizations to be administered by the county government. The funds can be used to aid local businesses if the county has an established relief fund. Funds will cover expenses between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020.

The State of Kansas has received more than $1 billion through the CARES Act, and the SPARK task force will distribute $525 million to county governments for redistribution in Kansas.

The commission plans to hold an informational public meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, that will also be a Zoom meeting for those wanting to participate but not attend in person. More information will be posted on the county’s website,, this week.

As of Monday, Kansas had 16,901 people test positive for COVID-19, including 83 in McPherson County. There have been 280 deaths in Kansas from COVID-19, none of them in McPherson County.

The SPARK task force, which was established by Gov. Kelly in May, is charged with leading Kansas forward in recovery from the far-reaching effects of COVID-19. Allocations are based on a combination of county population and infection rates.