Lecompton and Jefferson County are among 50 communities and counties that were selected to receive state community development grants totaling more than $9.4 million.
Lecompton will receive $255,900 for a community building, while Jefferson County will get $400,000 for a sewer project.
The grants are from the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program which is administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing. Eligible applicants are those cities with a population of less than 50,000 and all Kansas counties that are not receiving funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Lecompton Mayor Jeff Goodrick said the money will be used to finance renovations and additions to a building that supplies school textbooks and equipment at bulk rate prices to school districts in Northeast Kansas.
Goodrick said the city had been seeking the grant for two years. He said the expansions will bring several additional jobs to the city.
Lecompton and Jefferson County were among 121 applicants who applied for the grants, which range from $30,000 to $400,000.