Programs

Broadband Infrastructure

One of the County’s priorities is to use available funding to augment the current resources available at the State level for broadband initiatives.

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Broadband Infrastructure

Digital Equity Initiative Grant

Explore how Saline County is tackling the digital divide.

Business and Non-Profit Recovery

$1,829,166 of the $10.5 million in federal aid has been allocated to business and non-profit recovery in Saline County.

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Business and Non-Profit Recovery

Choose Saline County App

The Saline County Commission approved the use of ARPA dollars to fund the Choose Saline County app in response to the community’s priority to fund business recovery.

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Business and Non-Profit Recovery

Capital Improvements for Non-Profit Grants

Each of the six awardees has made progress on their respective grants, spending a total of more than $134,700 through the end of March, 2023.

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Business and Non-Profit Recovery

Salina Tech Industrial Maintenance and Automation program

To help meet that developing need, Salina Are Technical College is planning on launching an Industrial Maintenance and Automation program. Saline County has pledged $90,000 in ARPA towards the project.

Continuing Public Health Needs

While ARPA is primarily focused on recovery from the pandemic, Saline County has continued to experience needs related to the public health emergency response.

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Continuing Public Health Needs

Cope Notes (Mental Health Program) Subscription

Saline County has partnered with Cope Notes to bring Saline County residents the service's daily text messages of mental health support and positive psychology to combat stress and negative thoughts.

Economic and Workforce Development

The County’s plan prioritizes workforce development initiatives and partnerships to provide opportunities for gainful employment and to match local workforce needs and training programs. $498,650 has been allocated to economic and workforce development.

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Economic and Workforce Development

Advanced Law Enforcement Training

The Saline County Workforce Development Program is a joint venture between KWU, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Salina Police Department.

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Economic and Workforce Development

Airframe Certification

$133,650 has been allocated to an airframe certification program at Kansas State University - Salina.

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Economic and Workforce Development

Truck Driver Training

A total of $185,000 had been allocated to a truck driver training program at Salina Area Technical College. Of that, $10,221.48 has been expended.

Housing

A priority for funding will be procuring land and/or partnering to develop additional housing units (including but not limited to housing affordable to individuals with low or moderate incomes), rehabilitating existing housing, and providing funding for emergency repairs to low-income homeowners. Affordable housing is a top-tier priority of the community and County. Initial investments may be allocated to in-progress housing developments.

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Housing

Housing Weatherization Program

Reduce your energy costs when you apply to the Saline County Community Housing Weatherization Assistance Program

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Housing

Southview Estates

South View Estates is being developed in South Salina by South View Estates Inc, a group of developers who have come together to create housing opportunities in Salina with the help of the Moderate Income Housing Grant

Poverty Reduction

Priorities for funding could include any number of programs with aims to reduce poverty and barriers to economic mobility. The County has identified needs in the areas of health and wellness, housing and homelessness, jobs and workforce development, education and life skills, and hunger and food insecurity.

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Poverty Reduction

Looking Through a New Lens

Salina Public Schools is excited to announce that we have partnered with Saline County to host Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Amy Speidel, for a special presentation on May 11. Looking Through a New Lens: Strategies to Meet the Needs of Today’s Children will address challenges that teachers, and parents, face today when resources are slim and the needs are great. There will never be a better time to shift gears and experience what is possible when we see what CAN work rather than what should still work. For that we need new strategies.

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Poverty Reduction

Tire Clean Up

Thousands of tires were collected during North Salina Community Development event.

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Poverty Reduction

Saline County Emergency Management: All-Hazard Disaster Kits

Public Safety and Criminal Justice

An additional priority for funding will be to implement programs to reduce violent crime in lower-income communities.

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Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Co-Responder Program

The Co-Responder Program in Saline County is funded by $199,125 of the $10.532 million in federal money that circled back to Saline County this year.

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Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Court Room Remodel

Saline County is moving forward with a remodeling project for part of the third floor in the city county building to accomodate two new district judges and a magistrate judge in the 28th Judicial District.

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Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Safer and Healthier Grants

In the area of Public Safety & Criminal Justice, Commissioners approved a new $250,000 grant program entitled "Safer & Healthier Saline County."

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

The County’s plan includes funding projects to construct, improve, and repair drinking water transmission and wastewater collection and treatment; control nonpoint sources of pollution; improve resilience of infrastructure to severe weather events, including flooding; create green infrastructure; manage and treat stormwater or subsurface drainage water; facilitate water reuse; and protect waterbodies from pollution.

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Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Clean Water Saline County

On December 21, 2021, County Commission made preliminary awards of $517,205.74 to 11 projects from eight different agencies. Grant agreements are being prepared with those agencies.