Gap Fund for Small Business

The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $31M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. So far, more than $25 million in grants have been connected to Colorado small businesses, and our loan program continues to fundraise.  

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ATTENTION APPLICANTS

Currently, the Gap Fund is not accepting new applications. You may still access your previously submitted application using the button below. Please sign up for our mailing list to stay informed on new rounds of funding.

WHAT IS THE GAP FUND?

The Gap Fund is a public- and privately-funded equity program geared towards Colorado small business owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program allowed sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees to apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. Priority is given to minority, women and veteran business owners in rural areas, as well as to people who may have had difficulty accessing other financial support programs such as PPP.

The Gap Fund received more than 10,000 applications for assistance in 2020, asking for significantly more than the program initially had to give. Fundraising for grants and loans continues in 2021 to reach more Colorado businesses. At this time, all grants have been distributed and loans will be distributed to applicants in the spring of 2021.

10,000

Applications from Small Businesses

83%

Applications from BIPOC, women, or veteran-owned businesses

$240m

Total Requested Funds

$25m

Grants Awarded

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