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Grants and Construction Funding#

With funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Office of Economic Health is offering financial assistance to businesses directly impacted by Capital Construction in 2022. 


Making the Best of Construction#

Construction Tool Kit

You've learned construction is coming, what do you do? 

Be pro-active. Communicate. Collaborate.

The Construction Toolkit has been created as a helpful resource for our community based business owners during public or private construction projects. 

In the Toolkit you will be able to:

  • Get fresh ideas from other businesses who managed successfully through construction projects.


  • Create your success plan for managing construction impacts in your area using the resources found in the Construction Toolkit. 

While you are undergoing construction, we want you to be as successful as possible which is why we created this Toolkit, to improve the process for our business partners. 

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Support Local Business with #ForFortCollins

Supporting Fort Collins Business - #ForFortCollins#

Tell the Community how you are #ForFortCollins - Use the ForFortCollins Social Post Creator to generate customized #ForFortCollins and #ForFoCo social media posts! All you have to do is customize, download and post to share how you can be #ForFortCollins.

For Businesses:

Check out these tools and resources created to help you gain support from loyal customers and community members while ensuring their health and safety through physical distancing.

For the Community:

Attention community champions: Fort Collins is counting on you! Check out these marketing resources to guide you while you rally behind local business owners and organizations, so they can come back stronger than before!

Visit to learn more ways to help your favorite local businesses!


NoCo Recovers - One-stop Shop for Business Recovery Information

NoCo Recovers - One-stop Shop for Business Recovery Information#

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The new NoCo Recovers website is a one-stop shop for business recovery information in Northern Colorado. provides a single source of up-to-date information on potential funding resources available to support Northern Colorado's business community, including regular updates on the CARES Act's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The website also features a COVID-19 Business Resource Hub, where businesses can easily sort through resources based on industry, geography and type of need.

Visit NoCo Recovers

Expanded Outdoor Dining During COVID-19

The City of Fort Collins is launching temporary outdoor dining expansions for restaurant and bars, which temporarily allows restaurants, bars, and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public rights-of-way. Businesses must apply for, and be approved to use additional public space.


  • Fort Collins has created a temporary program to expand options for restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor patio settings adjacent to their businesses. 
  • The intent of the program is to allow for greater social distancing and safety for bar and restaurant‐goers when public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit‐down service. 
  • To gauge interest, Fort Collins has created an application for businesses for the City to review. 
  • Final rules and regulations are in development. Under this program, Fort Collins would consider allowing businesses to expand existing patio space or establish new outdoor areas, potentially including parking lots, sidewalks, street parking spaces, and possibly closing select streets to expand outdoor operating areas. The City would maintain ADA access at all times. 


  • All outdoor seating must be spaced at least six feet apart. 
  • It is strongly encouraged to test workforce for COVID-19.  
  • Use single-use paper menus, condiments, etc. 
  • Provide easily accessible sanitizing options for patrons and employees. 
  • It is strongly encouraged to implement contact-less ordering and payment processes. 
  • All restaurants are encouraged to use a reservation system to prevent capacity issues and patrons from congregating while waiting for service. 
  • Facial coverings must be worn by all staff members. 
  • Request facial covering of customers when not eating or drinking (i.e., walking past other tables to be seated and/or using restroom).
  • Floor markings for traffic control and waiting queue space is highly recommended.
  • Limit contact with dining guests by reducing the number of visits wait staff make to each table. 
  • Maintain ADA access at all times in the public right-of-way. 

Find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

Outdoor Winter Dining: As winter is approaching, and outdoor dining becomes chillier, we expect tents and heaters to be added to both permanent and temporary outdoor dining spaces.

Review the Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance.

Apply for an Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit

Local COVID-19 Updates & Information

COVID-19 Updates & Information#

The public health order requiring masks in public indoor spaces expired Saturday, February 12, 2022. This means businesses are no longer required to post signage requiring masks. The Larimer County Health Department has made signs available here for those who would like to encourage masks in their facilities.

Additional information


Utilities Pandemic Assistance

Business customers may request financial assistance for past-due bills from Fort Collins Utilities.

  • Apply early. Funds are limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Approved funds will be applied directly to your account as a bill credit within seven business days.
  • One account is allowed per application. If your business has multiple accounts, you are welcome to submit multiple applications.
  • Call 970-212-2900 if you cannot complete the application online.

Learn more about the Utilities Pandemic Assistance Program


How to get vaccinated

The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment (LCDHE) has a webpage dedicated to helping residents find information about COVID-19 vaccination and register for an appointment at Individuals may also call LCDHE at 970-498-5500 for assistance scheduling an appointment. Phone assistance is available in English and Spanish. 

We will continue to share new City information. Please email the Economic Health Office at with any business related questions.

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Economic Health Office

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Multicultural Business & Entrepreneur Center (MBEC)

Helping you and your business. / Para ayudarle a usted y a su negocio.

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Downtown General Improvement District

A tax district for funding parking, pedestrian, and street beautification improvements.

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