• 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.


  • Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) 

    City of Fort Scott program for properties within the contiguous city limits.  Property owners who make improvements to their property that result in a valuation increase of at least 15% are eligible for a tax rebate on the increase in property taxes resulting from the improvements.


    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 the 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.


  • Downtown Paint Grant

    Private grant funded by Steve and Elaine Buerge to help downtown building owners spruce up their building facades with a fresh coat of paint.  The grant covers the cost of paint up to $500.  


  • 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.