Applications open for the Community Service Tax Credit Program

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that applications are currently being accepted for the Community Service Tax Credit (CSP) program. The CSP provides an opportunity for private, not-for-profit organizations and public healthcare entities to enhance their ability to undertake major fundraising campaigns for projects involving child and family services, non-governmental crime, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care.

“The Community Service Tax Credit program is an incredible opportunity for nonprofit organizations to create lasting and meaningful change for the people of Kansas,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “These tax credits will promote local solutions to local challenges, and they will help improve the quality of life for Kansans now and in the future.”

Under this program, the state allows nonprofit organizations to offer tax credits to donors who contribute to approved projects. Proposed projects must be unique or one-time and create lasting value for charities. For example, projects may include a fundraising campaign, a major equipment purchase, a major renovation, capacity building, etc.

Since 2019, CSP has earmarked $1 million for child care and early childhood development projects for under-5 services.

“These tax credits help local nonprofit and health care organizations streamline their fundraising efforts, so they can more effectively improve the health and economic well-being of Kansas communities,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “We’re asking Kansans to tell us about their initiatives, and if they’re a fit for the CSP program, we’ll provide a significant resource to help bring these projects to fruition across Kansas.”

Applicants can claim up to $200,000 in tax credits. Applicant organizations in rural areas (less than 15,000 people) are eligible for a 70% credit. Applicant organizations in non-rural areas are eligible for a 50% credit. The application window is open through April 30, 2022 at kansascommerce.gov/csp.

The CSP is administered by the Community Development Division of the Department of Commerce. More information about the program, guidelines and application process can be found online here.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce:

As the state’s premier economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce works to empower individuals, businesses, and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with businesses, site location consultants, and stakeholders in Kansas, across the country, and around the world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative and competitive landscape for new businesses. Thanks to the successes of Commerce’s projects, Kansas received the 2021 Governor’s Cup award from Site Selection magazine, Regional Development Magazine Gold Shovel Award and was named Site Selection Magazine Better business climate in the North Midwest region of the United States. Find the Ministry’s economic growth strategic plan here: Kansas Framework for Growth.

Jill E. Washington