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ECONOMIC RECOVERY

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
Douglas County residents who are behind on their rent or utility payments due to COVID-19 financial impacts may be eligible for assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Review eligibility details below and apply if qualified to receive help with previously missed or late payments, and future payments.

Certify My Business
The COVID Best Practices Business Certification Program is a voluntary local certification program that enables businesses to operate at a sustainable capacity while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 transmission controls and best practices. Program success will create consumer confidence, open the economy to the greatest extent possible and control the spread of the virus in our community.  Businesses may choose not to be certified, however, only those restaurants obtaining certification are authorized to operate with expanded capacity.

Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP) posted Jan. 14, 2021
The SBA has opened a new round of Paycheck Protection Program loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now being accepted for a First Draw offering for first time PPP participants and a Second Draw offering for businesses who previously received a PPP loan. The application period closes on March 31, 2021. Details on both offerings for the program can be found by visiting SBA Funding – Paycheck Protection Programs

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applicants with up to 50 full-time employees. Applications will be accepted beginning April 8, 2021. Additional information may be found by visiting sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

Property Owner Preservation Program: 

Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs announced the Property Owner Preservation program, resulting from state House Bill 20-1410, a recently-signed act that provides $20 million in direct rental and mortgage assistance to Coloradans experiencing financial need, including $350,000 for legal aid for renters at risk of eviction. Income restrictions may apply based on the chart listed at tinyurl.com/IncomeRequirement. For example, the maximum monthly household income for the month prior to a request for assistance in Denver metro-area counties is $4,579.

Landlords and property owners can apply for assistance on behalf of multiple tenants, and tenants can also apply on their own. Visit https://cdola.colorado.gov/rental-assistance  or call 303-864-7810 for the steps to apply.

Douglas County Disaster Emergency Waivers for Businesses to Address COVID-19 Safety Provisions
In anticipation that some businesses will need to modify buildings to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures aimed at minimizing the transmission of COVID-19, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to temporarily enable the Planning Director to grant waivers to some zoning requirements so that businesses are able to make operational modifications quickly and inexpensively.  Examples of the types of modifications that may be requested are expanding the seating area of a restaurant into a patio area, converting parking areas to drive-up lanes to provide curb-side takeout, or adding an external door to enable better circulation within a store.

Please contact Planning Services at 303-660-7460 or [email protected] to inquire about your business needs.

Energize Colorado Gap Fund
The Gap Fund will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 25 full-time employees. The application will open in the coming weeks. More information can be found here.

Unemployment Insurance Claims & Employment Needs:

On April 20, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits.  For more information click here. 

Paid Leave Benefits:

Uninsured Enrollment Information

Funding Resources:

Colorado SBDC Preparedness and Continuity COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources (pdf)

Rural Communities Loans

 The USDA is offering a Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program to help rural communities at this time. This program applies to rural areas outside and city or town with a population under 50,000 (for instance, Sedalia).  Applicants should work with their lenders to gain access to the funds.

Business Information Resources:

Douglas County Economic Development Partner Agencies