Business Resources & Grant Programs

Colorado Winter Outdoor Grant

The Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program assists Colorado-based restaurants that are experiencing financial hardship because of the Covid-19 crisis and state and local regulations limiting the number of customers in indoor spaces. Recipients must use the grant funds to purchase items needed to maintain outdoor dining spaces for patrons during colder weather. 

Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund

The Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund has a third round of grants available, made possible by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. About $1 million is available for producers, processors, and intermediaries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open through Nov. 9, 2020. 

Energize Colorado Gap Fund

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.  The application is not currently available, it will launch this month and will be accessible through this web page. Application deadline extended until Wednesday, October 28 at 5 pm.  Sign up here to receive updates about the Gap Fund.

Energize Colorado COVID Safety System and Certification program

This program is designed to help you take proactive measures to protect your business with the COVID Safety System and Certification program and COVID Check Colorado. 
 
The COVID Safety System and Certification program was designed to help ensure that businesses, schools, and municipalities in Colorado follow CDC/state/local public health guidelines.  With the safety system, you are able to protect your employees and customers, and importantly, this will help you to mitigate the liability exposure that you may be subjected to should an outbreak occur in your facility.

Eastern Colorado Small Business Loan Program

For business located in rural Weld County communities (with a population less than 50,000. ) Colorado Lending Source in partnership with ZOMALAB and the Gates Family Foundation have established the Eastern Colorado Small Business Loan Fund with the goal to protect jobs and invest in our communities in the short, medium, and long-term. This fund was created to offer affordable loans to rural Colorado businesses and non-profits in eastern Colorado affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Upstate Colorado Revolving Loan Fund

This loan program partners with local banks to provide loans to companies in need of funding for expansion projects that require capital that supports investment in equipment and primary job creation.

This loan fund is administered by Upstate Colorado Economic Development. The RLF and was developed to assist businesses locating/expanding in rural Weld or Larimer Counties by providing short-term (5-7 years) “gap” financing of up to 45% of project costs up to $500,000. The business must be creating/retaining jobs. 

Technical Assistance

Weld County Workforce Center

Employment Services of Weld County is a comprehensive workforce center which connects resources for employment, education, and training services. Employment Services of Weld County offers these services at the local, state, and national level.

To speak with a staff member, please use the below contact information: Business Services/Employer Support: 970-400-6714

Additional Workforce Resources:

As a response to COVID-19, onwardco.org has been launched by Bitwise Industries in direct collaboration with the Governor’s Office, state agencies, and community partners. This is a website that will connect people with services, funds and jobs during this crisis. By using the best and brightest of our state, we can all get through this together. Please visit the website and share with anyone who is struggling, or may need help.

East Colorado SBDC

The SBDC is here to help businesses who have been affected by recent disasters in Colorado including response to the current health crisis. Our consultants and partners including the SBA and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade provide services to assist with disaster loan applications, long term planning, insurance navigation, physical and economic loss estimations, business preparedness and more.

Additional Resources

NOCORecovers.com

Recovery Information in Northern Colorado

The intent of NoCoRecovers.com is to provide a single source of up-to-date information on potential funding resources available to support the business community of Northern Colorado. The mission is to provide businesses streamlined access available resources and “peer” advice to develop their own response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Site information features: A marketplace for Northern Colorado small business safety gear, information on additional federal, state and local funding sources, downloadable collateral for the Keep “NoCo OPEN“ campaign as well as additional news updates.