NEW Fort Collins Small Business Recovery Assistance Program COMING SOON!
The City will dedicate funds received from Larimer County through the CARES Act to support small business & nonprofit recovery. Applications are expected to open in mid-August and will allow businesses & nonprofits to apply for financial assistance that could cover costs that:
  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19
  • Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020
  • Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020
The application, information, and technical assistance will be available in Spanish as well. More information about the program will be provided as soon as possible.

Help Keep NoCo Open for Business
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) recently accepted Larimer’s mitigation plan to reduce COVID-19 cases counts and other risk factors. The increased COVID-19 cases in Larimer have threatened the state-issued variance to Safer-at-Home that permits for larger events, gatherings, and in-person capacity for some types of businesses. The state will weigh-in on the future of the variance during the first week of August.

Learn more about the #KeepNoCoOpen Campaign and download social media shareable graphics to help spread the word about how to reduce COVID-19 cases in Northern Colorado and keep our businesses open.

Still have questions? Join this question and answer session with the Larimer County Health Department to get an update on this situation and answers to your questions. All businesses are invited to join us for the next 1-hour session, Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance

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Grant & Loan Dollars Still Available to Colorado Small Businesses

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in grants and loans to micro and small businesses 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 will go live no later than August 1, 2020. 

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How is Your Business Doing? Help Us Continue to Support NoCo Businesses!

The Northern Colorado Business Challenges during the COVID-19 Emergency Survey is now open.

The Fort Collins Economic Health Office along with other municipal Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce in Larimer and Weld County are  collecting information to better serve our business community in our response and recovery efforts as well as to communicate the business needs, challenges and resilience to our elected leaders, funding partners and community partners.                                                                                                           

All responses will be kept confidential and results will only be reported in aggregate without identifying details of any specific business. We value your time and are doing our best to collect information that is actionable and can be used to further Northern Colorado’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency. We value your time and expect this survey can be completed within 10 minutes.

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Economic Health Office
222 Laporte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521