Financial Support

Get loans, grants, and other financial relief for your business or nonprofit

Updated May 15, 2020

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Use the Colorado OEDIT’s financial assistance list to find loans, grants, and more

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses, rural businesses, and entrepreneurs
  • What it is: The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) has put together and maintains a list of financial assistance opportunities for Colorado businesses. The list is meant to help small businesses find access to alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP, and other federal loans and programs.
  • Learn more: Browse the financial assistance list. Check back frequently, as content is updated regularly.
  • From: The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

UPDATEAs of April 27, the Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting PPP applications from lenders.

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, ESOPs and cooperatives with fewer than 500 employees, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, including gig workers. Find more info on size standards and eligibility details here.
  • What it is: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan provides a direct incentive for small businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks and if the money is primarily used to cover payroll, rent, mortgage, interest, or utilities.
  • Take action: You can apply for the PPP through participating SBA-approved lenders. This program will be available through June 30, 2020.
  • From: U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Government

SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan for up to $25,000

  • Who’s eligible: Any of the following who have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender: small businesses, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, ESOPs and cooperatives with less than 500 employees, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors.
  • What it is: If you have an existing relationship with a Small Business Administration Express Lender, you can apply to become a part of the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program. You can quickly access up to $25,000 to overcome temporary loss of revenue while you apply for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan (EIDL). 
  • Take action: Read the information and follow the instructions in the SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide
  • From: U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Government

Existing SBA Disaster Loans are being automatically deferred

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses with an existing SBA Disaster Loan
  • What it is: If you’re currently paying back an existing SBA Disaster Loan, your loan is automatically in deferment through December 31, 2020. You may also be able to refinance your existing SBA Disaster Loan into your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, possibly lowering your interest rate.
  • Learn more: Read the announcement and find more details on the SBA website.
  • From: U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Government

CARES Act debt relief for existing or new SBA loans

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses with existing or new SBA loans. Read more eligibility info here. (Paycheck Protection loans and SBA Disaster Loans are not eligible; however, payments are already deferred under those loans.)
  • What it is: As you overcome challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA Debt Relief program will pay the principal, interest, and fees for qualifying new and current loans.
  • Take action: For more information, contact your SBA lender or your local SBA office and search for local resources
  • From: U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Government

CARES Act SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for up to $2 million and an advance for up to $10,000

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, ESOPs and cooperatives with less than 500 employees, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, including gig workers.
  • What it is: 
    • Loan (EIDL): If you’re a small business owner in any U.S. state, you can apply for an emergency long-term low-interest loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The loan can be up to $2 million, providing vital economic support to help you overcome the loss of your business’s revenue due to the COVID-19 impact. 
    • Advance: To get an advance of $1,000 per employee, up to $10,000, first apply for an EIDL. Then, request the advance within 3 days. The advance does not need to be repaid and can be used to keep employees on payroll, pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs, or pay business obligations like rent or mortgage. 
  • Take action: 
    • Apply online for up to a $2 million EIDL or check the status of an existing loan application. Read more about the application process and eligibility details. You must opt into the loan advance while completing the loan application.
    • Need immediate support while waiting for your application’s decision or disbursement? Learn about the SBA Bridge Loan Pilot Program.
  • From: U.S. Small Business Administration, Federal Government

Learn the differences between CARES Act assistance programs, get details on how to apply, and read FAQs

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses
  • What it is: The Colorado Small Business Development Center website has detailed information to help you understand frequently asked questions about the CAREs Act, apply for disaster loans, navigate insurance, understand economic loss estimators, defer payroll taxes, and more. 
  • Take action: Browse the COVID-19 small business response resources.
  • From: Colorado Small Business Development Center, State Government

Learn which sections of the CARES Act are most relevant to entrepreneurs and small businesses

  • Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and new businesses
  • What it is: The Center for American Entrepreneurship has put together a list of the sections of the CARES Act that are most relevant for small- and medium-sized businesses, and new and young businesses.
  • Learn more: Learn about the relevant sections of the law and read the center’s summaries of key information.  
  • From: Center for American Entrepreneurship

CARES Act loan FAQs for 501(c)(3) nonprofits

Unemployment payment for independent contractors and gig workers

  • Who’s eligible: Independent contractors, gig workers, and others who are unemployed at no fault of their own. Learn more about qualifying for benefits.
  • What it is: For the first time, independent contractors and gig workers qualify for unemployment payments from the government along with other individuals who have been laid off. 
  • Take action: Apply and follow every step through the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Stay up to date with your application and how Colorado’s unemployment relief may change because of COVID-19.
  • From: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Federal Government

Grants of up to $5,000 and loans of up to $50,000 from the Aurora Economic Relief program

  • Who’s eligible: Restaurant, retail, service, or entertainment small businesses and arts-related non-profits in Aurora with 50 or fewer employees. See additional eligibility requirements.
  • What it is: The Aurora Economic Relief Loan and Grant Program provides immediate funding to local businesses that have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Learn more: Learn more about the loan and grant program and fill out an application on the program website.
  • From: City of Aurora in cooperation with CEDS Finance, Local Government

$4,000 grant from the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)

  • Who’s eligible: Members of NASE in good standing for 3-months prior to submitting an application.
  • What it is: NASE is offering up to a $4,000 grant for your small business from the Growth Grants program. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs.
  • Learn more: Read more about the eligibility requirements and apply for a Growth Grant.
  • From: National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)

Denver Small Business Emergency Relief grant for up to $7,500

  • Who’s eligible: Small business owners within the city and county of Denver who have lost the ability to operate
  • What it is: If your business is in an industry that’s been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and you’ve lost the ability to operate, you can apply for a cash grant (up to $7,500) to help with rent, utilities, etc. Eligible businesses include restaurants, retail shops, nail salons, barbershops, and more. 
  • Take action: Fill out this form to submit your information to the Denver Economic Development & Opportunity team, who will evaluate your information and be in touch.
  • From: City and County of Denver, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, State Government

Get immediate relief for your rural business from the Rural Housing, Utilities, and Business-Cooperative Service

  • Who’s eligible: Rural businesses
  • What it is: The USDA Rural Development is waiving or deferring specific fees, deadlines, loan payments and more to support the rural community. 
  • Take action: Learn what the USDA Rural Development is doing to provide immediate support and relief for rural businesses.  
  • From: USDA Rural Development, Federal Government

Get free assistance from a network of financial professionals

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses
  • What it is: Lew’s List in partnership with High Plains Advisors and Foundry Group have assembled a group of CFOs, controllers, and other senior finance professionals to help businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis. This is a free financial assistance network.
  • Take action: To learn more about the resource network, read this blog post. Then, request free financial assistance.
  • From: Lew’s List, High Plains Advisors, and Foundry Group

Get grants and resources for your nonprofit from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation

  • Who’s eligible: Nonprofits organizations in the Yampa Valley Region that work closely with the community and have strong experience working with the disproportionately affected communities
  • What it is: Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s is providing grants and resources to organizations in the region who meet the eligibility requirements through its COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • Take action: Read more about the COVID-19 Response Fund and request funding.
  • From: Yampa Valley Community Foundation

Financial assistance for small businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants.
  • What it is: Opportunity Fund’s Small Business Relief Fund can provide you with immediate relief if you’re a struggling self-employed, small business owner. The fund aims to provide loan payment relief, affordable capital, and expert advice for businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants. 
  • Take action: Get in touch with the Opportunity Fund to request assistance. 
  • From: Opportunity Fund

COVID-19 Business for All Grant for up to $50,000

  • Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs and small business owners in the U.S.
  • What it is: Fifteen Business for All Grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, will be awarded to small businesses that need support to scale. At least 11 of the 15 available grants will go to women, people of color, LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, military-connected business owners, and entrepreneurs with disabilities.
  • Take action: Learn more about the eligibility and application process.
  • From: Alice and Verizon

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund $10,000 grant

  • Who’s eligible: Entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically underserved communities that are facing immediate financial pressure due to COVID-19
  • What it is: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is providing $10,000 grants based on availability and eligibility. The grant can be used for rent, payroll, debt to vendors, and other operational costs.  
  • Take action: Learn how to register for an application.
  • From: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon

Greenline Emergency Microloan, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000

  • Who’s eligible: Minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses in Colorado with fewer than 50 full-time employees that have been in business for over one year.
  • What it is: To enable disadvantaged small businesses to continue operations and retain employees, Greenline Ventures LLC has established the Greenline Emergency Microloan Program to provide loans that can be used for to support working capital and business continuity.
  • Learn more: Read more about the loan terms and application process. Then fill out an application.
  • From: Greenline Ventures LLC

$200 grant from the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • Who’s eligible: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who are pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • What it is: Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators, such as consultants, box office staff, and seasonal employees. 
  • Learn more: Apply for the $200 grant.
  • From: Arts Administrators of Color Network

Financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services

  • Who’s eligible: Agriculturalists and food producers
  • What it is: 
    • Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing economic relief through its CIG program. These grants are meant to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. 
    • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): NRCS’s CSP helps you build on your existing conservation efforts while strengthening your operation. Apply by May 29, 2020. 
    • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Through NRCS’s EQIP, you could receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.
  • Take action: Read more info and find contact details on the NRCS website
  • From: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Federal Government

Set up a Mainvest crowdfunding initiative and apply for a $2,000 loan

  • Who’s eligible: Brick and mortar stores like restaurants, breweries, cafes, yoga studios, and boutiques, that set up a crowdfunding initiative on Mainvest
  • What it is: If you have an existing brick and mortar business that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to immediately receive a $2,000 zero-interest, 120-day loan.
  • Take action: Read more about the Mainvest crowdfunding initiative. Then, set up an account on Mainvest’s website and you’ll automatically become an applicant for the Main Street Initiative loan.
  • From: Mainvest

NextFifty one-time grant to cover 17% of your nonprofit’s operating budget

  • Who’s eligible: Nonprofit entities based in Colorado primarily serving adults 50 and older.
  • What it is: NextFifty Initiative is providing a one-time, immediate general operating support grant. The grant amount can cover up to 17% of your organization’s operating budget, for a maximum of $25,000.
  • Take action: Read more about eligibility and apply for the NextFifty one-time grant
  • From: NextFifty Initiative

Get free Yelp advertising and services

  • Who’s eligible: Primarily independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses that are open.
  • What it is: Yelp is waiving advertising fees, and providing free advertising, products, and services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yelp’s relief support is largely focused on independent local restaurants and nightlife businesses, but they’re also supporting other local businesses. 
  • Learn more: Learn more about Yelp’s COVID-19 response and find more info about relief for restaurants and nightlife
  • From: Yelp

Facebook Small Business Grant program

  • Who’s eligible: Small businesses in Denver, currently
  • What it is: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. 
  • Learn more: Sign up to learn more details about the Small Business Grant program
  • From: Facebook

Sign up for Schedulicity and apply for a $500 grant

  • Who’s eligible: Service-based businesses who are Schedulicity members, Schedulicity is currently offering free memberships.
  • What it is: Schedulicity is giving away $500 grants three times a week to their members in need through their #SchedulicityCares program. You can re-enter once per week. 
  • Learn more: Sign up for Schedulicity, share a post on Instagram, and submit it. Learn more about the Schedulicity grant guidelines.
  • From: Schedulicity

$10,000 grant and free tools from Salesforce

  • Who’s eligible: For the grant: for-profit companies that employ 2-50 employees, have been in business for two years as of March 2020, have an annual revenue between $250K and $2M, and have experienced challenges from COVID-19. Find more eligibility requirement details
  • What is it: Salesforce is providing $10,000 grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. They’re also providing some of their business tools for free for three months.
  • Take action: 
  • From: Salesforce

COVID-19 relief funds for Colorado nonprofits

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