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Relief Grants for Small Businesses

2nd Round of COVID 19 Relief Grants for Small Businesses in Unincorporated Boulder County

Grant Funded Businesses

The Board of County County Commissioners is offering a second round of the Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Program that will have a total funding of $200,000. The program’s purpose is to provide support for small businesses that continue to experience financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Round 2 Application Information

The application will open on Friday, Oct. 2 (link to application provided soon) and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Businesses in good standing that have registered their headquarters in the unincorporated area of Boulder County (including Jamestown, Ward, Eldorado Springs, and Niwot) and have less than 50 employees are eligible to apply. Complete eligibility criteria is available below.

The grants are intended to help reimburse small businesses for eligible expenses incurred and paid between March 10 and Oct. 2, 2020. Grants will be awarded in variable amounts based on eligible expense documentation submitted with the application, not to exceed an award of $7,500. Submitted applications must include proof of eligible expense and payment within the defined timeframe. Applying for a grant should be one component of a larger strategy for a business’ recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and is not intended to be a sole source of aid.

Granting Timeline

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 – Online application opens
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Application period closes at 11:59 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 – Grantees selected and notified

For questions regarding this program, please email

For additional support for small businesses from the federal and state government and from other sources, please visit the Boulder Small Business Development Center and Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

For additional support available to individuals and families in Boulder County, please visit the COVID-19 Resources page.

Grant Program Description


  • The business must operate in unincorporated Boulder County, which includes Niwot, Eldorado Springs, Ward, and Jamestown.
  • The business was in operation as of March 10, 2020 (the date of the Colorado emergency declaration).
  • Business is “current” on all accounts with the county and state.
  • Business employed 50 or fewer employees as of March 10, 2020.
  • The business is for-profit. Non-profit organizations may be eligible funds from:
  • Publicly traded entities are not eligible
  • Marijuana industry businesses are not eligible, because grant funding comes from federal CARES Act
  • No duplication of benefits is allowed. That is, expenses submitted for grant consideration CANNOT have been submitted for, or reimbursed by, another grant or aid program (e.g., Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program, etc.)
  • Must complete the full application by the deadline of at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Rent, mortgage, capital expenses to make improvements related to social distancing
  • Rent and/or utilities required to resume or continue business activity
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and sanitation supplies
  • Payroll costs
  • Urgently needed equipment repair or replacement required to resume or continue business activity
  • Supplies that support business activity adjustments during the COVID-19 response period
  • Marketing, public relations, and/or communications needs to address business activity adjustments during the COVID-19 response period
  • Telecom/internet connectivity to facilitate business activity during the COVID-19 response period
  • Business licenses, permits, or other fees required to resume or continue business activity
  • Delivery services when in-person provision of services or goods has been reduced due to the pandemic

Required Information for Application

  • Business license number and federal EIN or tax ID number
  • Modest amount of financial information
  • Description of impacts due to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Information on access and receipt of other recovery-related funding

Selection Details

An advisory committee will be appointed by the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners to oversee this funding process. Funding priority will be evaluated based on applicant need and a clear indication of COVID-19 impact to the business. Incomplete applications, or applications submitted after that deadline date/time will not be considered.

Grant awards will be determined at the discretion of the county based on the eligibility criteria described below and are subject to funding availability. Grant awardees will be selected and notified on Thursday, Oct. 15. Funding for this grant program is limited and submitting an application is not a guarantee of a grant award.

Submission of an application is no assurance that the grant will be awarded, in whole or in part. Receipt of funds under this grant program, if and as awarded, may impact the amount of other funding offered or awarded by other entities. The applicant assumes such risk. Applicants should not seek grant funding for an item or expense for which they plan to seek support from another source, e.g., SBA funding resources like the PPP or EIDL programs.

Round 1 Information

On May 29, the Board of County Commissioners approved 34 awardees for the Boulder County COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant. The program received 121 eligible applications and requests totaling $1.2 million. To be eligible for award consideration, businesses had to meet three eligibility criteria – completed application with W-9 Form by the May 18 deadline; must be located in unincorporated Boulder County; must be in good standing with county and state of Colorado.

  • 1914 House
  • Allenspark Lodge B&B
  • A-Lodge
  • Aspen Moon Farm
  • Cliffhouse Kombucha
  • Crane Hollow Cafe
  • Cushman Cattle Company
  • Cutting Edge Tree Care
  • Distant Harbors Inc
  • Estylo Barber Salon
  • Gabel & Gabel LLC
  • Green Girl Recycling
  • Isabelle Farm
  • Jamestown Mercantile
  • Last Stand Tavern
  • Lefthand Valley Courier
  • Niwot Inn & Spa
  • Niwot Natural Medicine
  • Niwot Tavern
  • Ollin Farms
  • Pilates of Niwot
  • Raza Fresa
  • Rimon LLC
  • Rocky Mountain Music Inc.
  • Rosey Reflections AKA The Red Store
  • Seafarer Group
  • The Golden Gate Cafe
  • The Healing Collective
  • The Old Oak Coffeehouse
  • Three Leaf Farm
  • True Health Enterprises
  • Turning the Corner
  • Wild Earth Gardens
  • Wise Buys Antiques