Jefferson County CARES Act Support

Jefferson County received $101.7 million in federal relief funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners began the work quickly to share those funds to ensure that the cities, nonprofits and our community have funding to help businesses re-open and to support services that help our neighbors facing economic hardship due to the pandemic. 

This funding will help cover costs necessary to respond to the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19, and will include the county allocating funds to help: cities, businesses, nonprofits, chambers of commerce, local government entities, food programs, and county operations. 

Programs and Expenditures 

County staff has been assigned to support implementation of programs and expenditures within certain key areas, with ongoing assessment by the Board of County Commissioners. The initial funding estimates and program/services could shift to other areas based on demand or response activities, so the county will remain flexible and continually refine the Jefferson county CARES program to maximize fiscal responsibility and investment. 

Jefferson County is handling distribution of CARES Act dollars in the most expedient manner possible while ensuring required compliance measures are met. Jefferson County has established 13 funding programs with plans to implement up to an additional six grant program or more, as local needs dictate. See our CARES Act Emergency Grants Funding Program page to see the latest information on these programs and which are active now.

What must the team do to implement these programs? 

  • Funding programs must be established from the ground up with input from many departments within the county, including Board of County Commissioners. 
  • Application requirements must be created to ensure the appropriate information is gathered and reviewed on a consistent basis. 
  • Compliance and reporting requirements can be uncertain and may change frequently, requiring revisions and amendments to program requirements.
  • Working together, we have developed a solid team who are dedicated to implementing the programs and distributing the funds to our communities as quickly as possible. 

Mission

The mission of Jefferson County CARES Team is to support our community through the distribution of the Coronavirus Relief Funds, by providing stewardship, fiscal oversight, and compliance with federal regulations from the CARES Act.

Response & Recovery Objectives

  • Protect the health and well-being of all Jefferson county community members and visitors.
  • Support the economic recovery of our residents and businesses across the county.
  • Support the most vulnerable residents across the county.
  • Educate regarding personal responsibility, situational awareness and preventive actions including continued social distancing, avoidance of large gatherings and supports for high-risk populations to remain in safe environments.
  • Establish a data-driven decision-making model to assess public health, hospital surge and capacity, and economic success.
  • Fund COVID-19 expenses in a manner that preserves county resources and meets community needs by recognizing grant streams and funding opportunities while being good stewards.

County officials will provide regular updates about progress and funding status, as well as about any challenges the program administrators are facing and solutions they’ve developed and executed. These updates will continue through the December 30, 2020 expenditure deadline. To access updates, see www.jeffco.us/meetings.

“Thank you for approving our requested grant!  It will definitely be put to good use in our efforts to keep our business successful during these trying times."

-Mike and Diana Dargen of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Littleton

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"I appreciate your help, and this will go a long way to helping my business stay open which is not only myself but 11 other individuals."

-DeLaine Burr of Hair, Etc.Salon in Conifer

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“Thank you so much for the assistance with the small business grant. I was able to pay my Groomers, pay down utilities, pay part of the shop rent and keep my phone on. My employees were so grateful for the financial help. Peace of mind!”

-Gilbert Gonzales of Pawsitively Clean in Golden


"Thank you for all the assistance you have given small businesses in this crazy and difficult time. Without the Small Business Emergency Grant, I doubt we would have been able to avoid having to make difficult business decisions. It feels so great to be supported by our community!”

-Rebecca Boudreaux of Soggy Dog Pet Grooming in Evergreen

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