In 2020, Jefferson County received $101.7 million in federal relief funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (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 helped cover costs necessary to respond to the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19 and included allocated funding to help:
Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 20B-001 on December 7, 2020. The bill provided $57 million in direct aid, grants and annual fee waivers to struggling small businesses and created grant programs and allocated funding specifically for art and cultural organizations as well as minority-owned businesses.
The State of Colorado allotted for direct relief payments to small businesses located in Jefferson County impacted by the severe capacity restrictions pursuant to public health orders. The number of businesses funded in Jeffco was 215 with a total grant amount of $1,140,526 distributed to those businesses.