CARES CVRF Funds Supporting COVID-19 Recovery Efforts Around the City of Fort Collins
- Blaine Dunn, Interim Accounting Director, 970-221-6784, YmR1bm5AZmNnb3YuY29t
- SeonAh Kendall, Senior Economic Manager, 970-416-2164, c2tlbmRhbGxAZmNnb3YuY29t
FORT COLLINS, CO – Earlier this year, the City of Fort Collins received approximately $9 million in funding from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CVRF). These funds are being applied to a variety of efforts to support pandemic response and recovery, with more than two thirds of the funding going to small businesses, nonprofits and local community programs.
Local businesses are receiving support through the Small Business Assistance Program. Launched by the City’s Economic Health Office in September, this $1.8M financial assistance program will provide direct relief to businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 6, 2020, 322 businesses had begun the application process to receive funds. Funds are also being used to support businesses through restaurant dine-in outdoor expansion, safe reopening education and de-escalation training.
Approximately 40% of the CARES CVRF funds are allotted for human services projects including housing support, childcare, homelessness services, food insecurity and utilities payment assistance. The City is partnering with local nonprofits and organizations to further the impact of many of these programs. New / expanded programs being implemented include:
- Legal Defense Fund: COVID-related eviction prevention and protection through legal representation and education.
- Homelessness Shelters: As of September 29, 2020, the non-congregate shelter program had 31 residents being supported. Congregate shelter plans are being finalized to provide support to additional community members.
- VirtuVisit: Virtually connecting isolated seniors with their family, medical personal and other services like Adopt a Neighbor.
- Utilities Late Payment Assistance Program: Launched October 12, 2020, residential and commercial customers may request financial assistance for past due Utility bills for electric, water, stormwater and wastewater services.
Following internal review and a meeting with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission, 16 local nonprofits have been approved for funding totaling approximately $900,000. These funds will support specific pandemic response projects focused on childcare, food insecurity, housing stability and various vulnerable populations including seniors, residents with a disability and victims of domestic violence and abuse. Specific funded projects include:
- Rent assistance
- Remote learning center support for youth
- Expanded childcare services
- Online services for isolated seniors
- Food and hygiene items for community members with a disability
- COVID-19 testing services for domestic violence victims
- Enhanced sanitation for facilities offering homelessness services
Along with these recovery efforts, CARES CVRF funding is supporting continued efforts for safe service delivery by the City of Fort Collins, including personal protective equipment, disinfectant supplies and other items related to the public health measure.
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19 and community resources available visit fcgov.com/coronavirus .