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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I hope you are enjoying these remaining weeks of summer – it’s hard to believe that it’s already August! If you have not taken some time off for rest and renewal in the last few months, I sincerely hope you will find a way to do so before the summer ends. In my recent Coloradoan column I wrote about how important it is for all of us to take a break to care for ourselves and each other, especially as we continue to move through a very hard year. While I recognize that a traditional vacation is not available to many of us for a variety of reasons, it is still important to do what we can to preserve our mental and emotional health. Please do whatever you can to get the rest and support you need, and to help your loved ones do the same.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

You Can Help Keep NoCo Open
To keep our community and local businesses open and safe, it's going to take all of us doing our part. What can you do to help Keep NoCo Open?
  • Stay home if you're not feeling well.
  • Wear a mask when outside your home and near others.
  • Support local businesses (gift cards, takeout, curbside pick-up, super snazzy al fresco dining).
  • Keep caring for each other (This situation is hard, but kindness is free.).
  • If you're around others, stay physically distant (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands (You should be doing this already, but it's especially important right now!).

Let's work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out for tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

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Fort Collins Small Business Recovery Assistance Program
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. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

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 in August.
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Share your Ideas for Our Climate Future 
Do you have ideas for how we can achieve community goals for energy, waste, and climate while also making Fort Collins a more equitable, diverse and inclusive place? We want to hear them!

Our Climate Future is the City’s effort to update three environmental plans: Fort Collins’ Energy Policy, Road to Zero Waste Plan and Climate Action Plan. This process centers on co-creating equitable solutions with our community, leveraging collective action to respond to community priorities and achieving goals set forth in the plans – and doing all of this by centering equity and leading with race. By elevating voices of community members who have been historically underrepresented in past planning processes, we are building a more resilient and sustainable future for everyone. 
In the coming weeks, share your ideas through an anonymous survey or join a workshop. Each week will focus on 1-2 priorities:

  • August 10 - August 16: More Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • August 17 - August 23: More Renewable Energy
  • August 24 - August 30: Healthy Air Quality & Natural Environment
  • August 31 - September 6: More Reuse, Recycling and Composting
Date Night in the Gardens
Bring your partner, friend or yourself to the Friday date night series at the Gardens on Spring Creek! Enjoy an intimate, socially-distant dining and musical experience outdoors in the middle of the botanic gardens, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. 
  • ​Friday, August 21  |  Friday, August 28  |  Friday, September 18  |  Friday, September 25
  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. 
  • Tickets: $65 Gardens Members  |  $75 Public Non-Members 
This re-imagined, first-time event replaces the annual summer fundraiser, Garden A’Fare.

COVID-19 Resources
2-1-1 connects Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Visit, dial 2-1-1 or text your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.

2-1-1 provides navigation services in several areas:  

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • SNAP benefits
  • Childcare
  • Food/meals
  • Transportation
  • Clothing/personal/household needs
  • Mental health and substance use disorders
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Medical & dental clinics
  • Other government/economic services

2-1-1 Resource Navigators help by phone Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and are able to translate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489. 

2-1-1 Online

County Health

Larimer County Public Health's Risk Dashboard helps community members understand risk and COVID-19 data relevant to our county. The dashboard highlights the early warning indicators to monitor the health of our hospital systems and COVID-19 case data. Some indicators are updated daily, while hospital data will be updated three times a week.

Wearing a face covering is something we all can – and should – continue to do to protect each other. Wearing a face covering, even when you feel healthy, reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus and must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening.
Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

Emergency Preparedness & Security
City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521