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Rio Grande County Business Relief Program

Grants to Colorado Businesses and Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Upper Rio Grande Economic Development

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Colorado businesses and nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support local businesses that have unexpected expenses, business interruption costs, and other pandemic-related expenses. Eligible applicants are located in Rio Grande County.

Eligible expenses:

  • Business interruption: Businesses that experienced a loss of revenue as a direct result of the pandemic may receive funding to assist in recovering lost revenue.
  • Loan payoff: Businesses that took out a loan in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic to meet operational expenses can use funds to pay off their loan in full or in part, subject to the total allotted grant amount. Loans must have been underwritten between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020.
  • Direct COVID-related expenses: Direct costs incurred as a result of complying with health orders may be reimbursed. Examples of these expenses include:
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees and patrons, such as face masks, gloves, and shields.
    • Sanitizing supplies and services, such as disinfectant, hand sanitizer, wipes, and services to provide sanitizing services.
    • Modifications to customer service or workplace areas required in order to comply with public health orders. Examples include equipment needed to allow expansion of outdoor seating area, Plexiglas shields, and physical separation items.
    • Other types of expenses unique to that business that can be justified as directly related.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193241

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

All expenses must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible businesses must meet ALL requirements below:
- Must be located within Rio Grande County
- May be for-profit or not-for-profit.
- Employ 100 or less. Larger businesses may be considered for assistance separately from this program.
- Business has been in operation prior to April 1, 2020.
- Business has been forced to temporarily close or modify/limit operations due to the Public Health Orders related to COVID-19.
- Must hold valid sales tax license(s) and be current on remittances.

Ineligible Businesses Include:
- Corporately owned national chains, unless an individually owned franchise operator residing in Colorado and can demonstrate lack of franchisor support.
- Businesses employing more than 100 employees prior to COVID-19.

Prohibited Use of Funds:
- Sales tax to any jurisdiction.
- Wages to any member of the owner’s family who is not a bona fide employee
- Salary to the owner that exceeds the average amount paid on a weekly or monthly basis in a similar period.
- Any expense covered by insurance.
- Any expense covered under any other government grant or loan program.
- Any expense not considered an eligible business expense by IRS rules.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for the first funding round is November 23, 2020.

Funding for those approved will be available by December 1, 2020.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the maximum funds available have been allocated.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Rio Grande County Office
025 6th Street, Room 200
Del Norte, CO 81132

Judy Egbert, Interim Rio Grande County Administrator
(710) 657-2744 Administration Main Line
(719) 657-4216 Direct

Marty & Bonnie Asplin, Co-directors
719-657-2827 Office
719-850-0909 Cell

Cass Walker, Executive Director, First Southwest Community Fund

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USA: Colorado: Rio Grande County

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