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Eligible Small Businesses in Larimer County Can Apply for a Relief Payment

Applications for the Small Business Relief Program for Larimer County will be available Wednesday, January 6, 2021 through Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  

These one-time relief payments, authorized by Senate Bill 20B-001, are available to locally owned small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions including restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, fitness clubs, caterers, and movie theaters. 

Larimer County businesses that are currently operating, and have a reduced revenue of at least 20% due to capacity restrictions from public health orders, may be eligible for funding.  
  • Businesses with less than $500,000 in revenue (2019) may receive up to $3,500.
  • Businesses with revenue between $500,000 and $1 million (2019) may receive up to $5,000.
  • Businesses with revenue between $1 million and $2.5 million (2019) may receive a payment up to $7,000.
Larimer County is partnering with the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Town of Estes Park to serve as “Municipal Business Hubs” and ensure county-wide access to the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Business is in one of the eligible industries identified in State Bill 20B-001 and can provide current State license verifying good standing and legal operation in Colorado. 
  • Business headquarters located in and is doing business in Colorado.
  • Business must have at least 20% revenue loss since March 26, 2020 (except businesses that began operations between Jan 1 and March 26, 2020).
  • Business must have less than $2.5M in revenue for 2019 and 2020 calendar year.
  • Business must have at least one full-time employee except for sole proprietorship.
  • Began operating before March 26, 2020.
  • Business must be in compliance with public health orders.

Ineligibility

  • Businesses owned or operated by officials or employees of the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Town of Estes Park (or other municipality where funding is being distributed).
  • Businesses whose regular ongoing operations started after March 26, 2020.
  • Corporate-Owned franchises and/or publicly traded companies.
  • Businesses with outstanding local tax liabilities or tax liens as of July 1, 2020, or currently in bankruptcy (Corporate or Personal).
  • Businesses that do not intend to continue operating in the State for at least six months after receipt of funding.
  • Businesses operating in violation of any State, Federal, or local laws.
  • Nonprofit organizations

Application Process

Applications will be accepted Wednesday, January 6, 2020 through Wednesday, January 27, 2020.  Larimer County businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  The window for applications is very short, and follow-up materials may be requested after application submittal to ensure businesses have met eligibility requirements.   

Please submit your SBR application to the hub geographically closest to your business.  
However, there is no wrong door to submit your application.  All qualified businesses that submit an accurate and complete application will receive a relief grant.   Award amounts will depend on the total number of qualified businesses and funding available.  Funding decisions will be made on or around February 1, 2021.   Relief grants will be issued by February 12, 2021.

Documents Requested

  • All current valid State business license(s) required for eligible business as indicated in the legislation.
  • Profit & Loss or Sales Tax receipts verifying monthly gross income from March 2019 – November or December 2020.
  • Completed monthly revenue template (provided here and in ZoomGrants Library, download document-->complete-->upload as attachment)
  • A copy of Certificate of Good Standing from the Colorado Secretary of State (https://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessEntityCriteria.do)
  • 2019 Business State of Colorado Tax Return or a Colorado Tax Exempt Certificate – (if opened between Jan 1, 2020 and March 26, 2020, income statement/receipts for all of 2020)
  • Receipt from most recent payment of Unemployment Insurance Payroll Taxes
  • Completed W-9 for your business (signed and dated).

Now accepting applications.    

Not sure where to apply?  There is no wrong door for your application.  However, we suggest you apply to the hub that is geographically closest to your business.

Fort Collins Hub   Includes:  Fort Collins, LaPorte, Livermore, Red Feather Lakes, Timnath (Larimer County), and Wellington

Loveland Hub     Includes:  Berthoud, Johnstown (Larimer County), Loveland, Masonville, and Windsor (Larimer County)

Estes Valley Hub     Includes:  Big Elk Meadows, Drake, Estes Park, Glen Haven, Pinewood Springs, and other areas in
                                            unincorporated Larimer County

Aplicar en Espanol    All Spanish speaking applicants regardless of location in Larimer County.

Application Notes

The application portal Larimer County is using for the Small Business Relief Program (ZoomGrants) is being used by many entities to help process pandemic related grants and programs.  The grant application portal is experiencing high volumes of traffic, which may result in significant slowdowns as a result of everyone trying to work in the system at the same time. 

We apologize for the delays you are experiencing, and we certainly understand the urgency you are working under. Please understand that we are trying to help as many people as possible and that we are working as hard as we can to get everyone processed.  

Here are some things that you can do to help.

  • When leaving, please log out instead of simply closing your browser. This will tell the system that it is OK to not remember you until you come back, and will immediately open up room for others to be logged in.
  • Please be patient and consider working on your application in the evening and during other non-peak times.  
  • If you have already completed your application, please do not log in just to check the status of your application unless you have been specifically requested to do something by the funding organization.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dena Jardine at djardine@larimer.org with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued understanding and patience.  

Información en español

Para más información por favor comuníquese con Natalia Infante Caylor, correo electrónico: admin@InfanteConsultingandResearch.com o llame al 970-488-9047, puede enviar email o dejar mensaje en español si desea.   Asistencia disponible sin costo alguno.

Application Information

Partners

Larimer County thanks our partners at City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Town of Estes Park for their assistance in administering this program and providing this important relief opportunity to our impacted business community.

Other Funding Opportunities

Please note that Larimer Counties and Municipal Hub partners are only implementing the program for funds pertaining to the Small Business Relief half of SB20B-001. The COVID-19 Relief program for arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations through the Colorado Arts Relief Program, also a funding initiative passed by the State of Colorado Legislature, is being administered by Colorado Creative Industries.  More information can be found at Colorado Arts Relief Grant.

NoCo Recovers, is a one-stop hub for recovery information, including funding opportunities for businesses in Northern Colorado.  

Contact Information

For general questions on the Small Business Relief Program please contact Dena Jardine, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department Associate Director, at djardine@larimer.org.  

 

LCEWD COVID-19 Updates for Business Newsletter

We are actively sharing resources and updates for the business community here. Please sign up for our resource-packed, weekly COVID-19 updates for businesses email (usually sent mid-day Friday).

Previous editions

January 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Deadline approaches for the Small Business Relief program | Paycheck Protection Program is Open | Vaccine Planning Survey

January 15, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Apply for the Small Business Relief program | Paycheck Protection Program Resumes | Level Up Program Update

January 8, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
New! Small Business Relief program | Level Up Update | Help for Landlords and Property Managers

December 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Level Up Program Application and Certified Businesses - Business Relief Program Coming Soon - Colorado Arts Relief Program

December 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Level Up Program Pre-application - New Federal COVID Relief Program - Loveland Small Business Assistance Program

December 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Restaurant & Bar Special Sales Tax Deduction - Colorado Arts Relief Program -  Assistance for Landlords

December 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
Larimer County Level Up Pilot Program Presented to Governor's Office

December 4, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates for Business
5-Star State Certification Program framework, Bills from the special session,  NoCo Nosh program for Fort Collins restaurants, and much more.

 

 

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