Local Incentives

DOWNTOWN BUILDING IMPROVEMENT GRANT
The City of Fort Scott Downtown Building Improvement Grant is to serve as an incentive for full occupancy of buildings in the Historic District by assisting building owners with the financial burden of maintaining and improving the structures. Grant monies will fund 50% of a qualifying improvement project, up to the amount of a building's current, annual property taxes.
Downtown Improvement Grant Application

  • Saving Spaces
    A comprehensive outline of financial assistance available for preserving and developing the built environment of historic downtown Fort Scott.
    Saving Spaces Brochure

NEIGHBORDHOOD REVITALIZATION PROGRAM (NRP)
City of Fort Scott program for properties within the contiguous city limits. Property owners who make improvements for their property that result in a valuation of at least 15% are eligible for a tax rebate on the increase in property taxes resulting form the improvements.
Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Application

  • Residential Rebates
    Residential properties are eligible for a 100%, five (5) year rebate on the portion of taxes generated as a result of the improvement if the improvements result in a minimum threshold of a 15% increase in appraised value. Five (5) percent of the rebate is to remain in the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund to cover administrative costs. 
  • Commercial Rebates
    Commercial properties are eligible for a 100% ten (10) year rebate on the portion of taxes generated as a result of the improvement if the improvements result in the minimum threshold of a 15% increase in appraised value. Five percent (5%) of the rebate is to remain in the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund to cover administrative costs. 
  • Historic Rebates
    Renovation of any property within a Historic District on the National Historical Register will be eligible for a 100%, fifteen (15) year rebate on the portion of taxes generated as a result of the improvement if the improvements result in the minimum threshold of a 15% increase in appraised value. Five percent (5%) of the rebate is to remain in the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund to cover administrative costs. 

REVOLVING LOAN FUND
The purpose of the City of Fort Scott Revolving Loan Fund is to encourage business development and job growth by offering gap financing at low cost to businesses.
Revolving Loan Fund Application

NEW BUSINESS DOWNTOWN GRANT
The BEDCO New Business Downtown Grant is to serve as an incentive for new businesses located in the Historic District which contribute to the economic development of Fort Scott.
New Business Downtown Grant Application

DOWNTOWN PAINT GRANT
Private grant funded by Steve and Elaine Buerge to help downtown building owners spruce up their building facades with a fresh coast of paint. The grant helps cover the cost of paint up to $500.
Downtown Paint Grant Application

BEDCO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
The Bourbon County Economic Development Council offers forgivable loans based on job creation for new and expanding businesses.
For more information, contact Steve Buerge at 620-224-8411.