The City of Burns and the surrounding area will benefit from a Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing program where residents, volunteering their labor and services, use “sweat equity” for community-improvement projects.
KDOC&H has awarded Burns a $338,381 KAN STEP Community Development Block Grant to construct a community building.
With $249,445 worth of donated labor and $21,814 worth of donations in the form of reduced prices from the businesses in the area, the total project will cost $609,640.
The community building will include a wellness center, exercise room, and a separate room for senior citizens. It will also serve as a community storm shelter.
KAN STEP is an acronym for Kansas Small Towns Environment Program. It is a self-help program that enables small communities to make major infrastructure and building improvements.
The KDOC&H provides grants for materials and professional services, while community members provide expertise and labor.
“I believe this project can be an inspiration to other small communities,” said Lt. Gov. and KDOC&H Sec. Gary Shearer. “By providing the KAN STEP grant, we support the efforts of these citizens and the commitment they have made to improve their community and make the Burns area an even better place to live.”