CARES Act Emergency Grants Funding

As our community continues with the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, nonprofits and small business throughout Jefferson County have sought to meet the sudden and emergency needs of our community. Continuing support for them will ensure that services are provided to support the health and well-being of our citizens.

Therefore, Jefferson County is proud to announce the opportunity for both nonprofits and small businesses to apply for relief and receive funding, via the CARES Act, to address the COVID-19 emergency in Jefferson County.

Awards and Disbursement of Funds

Application reviewers will determine eligibility and grant amount. Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need. Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a Grant Award notification which will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant. Jefferson County reserves the right to offer awards different from the specified amount requested.

Grant Recipient Reporting Requirement

Receipts must be submitted by December 15, 2020 for payments made with grant funds. Recipient must make all necessary information available to confirm expenditures were eligible under this grant.

  1. Small Business Sustainability Grants
  2. Small Business Emergency Grants
  3. NonProfit Emergency Grants

Small Business Sustainability Grants

In support of our small business community, Jefferson County is providing a second grant opportunity for businesses that are in unincorporated Jefferson County. The Small Business Sustainability Grant program will open on Monday, July 6, and applications can be submitted through Friday, July 17. Businesses can apply for up to $10,000 to assist with COVID-19 related expenses.

Businesses who received funds from the Small Business Emergency Grant program, which was the first grant program made available to small businesses by Jefferson County, are eligible to apply for additional funds. The combined total of these grants cannot exceed $10,000 for any individual business.

Who can apply?

  • Business must have a physical location in unincorporated Jefferson County
    • Businesses located within city boundaries are not eligible for this grant and should contact their city economic development office
  • Business has been operating at least one year from date of grant application
  • Business cannot be a home-based business located on residential property
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Independently owned, local business
    • Corporately owned national chains are not eligible for the grant unless you are an individually owned franchise operator with 49 or less employees total at all locations and owner is a Colorado resident
  • Have no more than 49 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions and at least one full-time equivalent (FTE) employee; a business owner working full time would meet this qualification
  • Must be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing
  • Businesses with more than one physical location in Jefferson County may apply for the grant program for each unincorporated Jefferson County location
    • For purposes of estimating FTE’s, the FTE count shall be based only on the specific location applying for the grant
  • Business has been forced to temporarily close or operations have been dramatically limited due to the Public Health Orders related to the COVID-19 public health crisis
  • Marijuana industry businesses are not eligible

Applicants will be required to submit/show

  • A copy of the most recent tax return including IRS Form 941 if have employees; a statement from the business owner working full time can be provided in lieu of a 941 if there are no employees
  • Copy of Federal Tax return
  • W-9
  • Operating statements for March 1-May 31, 2019 and 2020
  • Worksheet demonstrating amount of financial impact from COVID-19

Note: Grant funds may not be used to pay Jefferson County Real Property taxes. The CARES Act prohibits the use of grant funds to replace County revenues. Requests for funding to offset property taxes will be denied.




Applying for the Small Business Sustainability Grant

Step One: Complete Financial Reporting Form

This Financial Reporting form will help you calculate the amount of grant funds you can apply for. You need this information in order to complete the Small Business Sustainability Grant application. Please save this form and upload it within the online application (step two).

Download the Financial Reporting Form >>
For questions, please email the CARES Act team

Step Two: Apply for Small Business Sustainability Grant

You will provide additional information to help us verify that you are eligible to receive this grant.

Once you’ve completed the Financial Reporting Form, please fill out
the secure, online application form >>
For questions, please email the Business Services team