Applications will be accepted online for financial assistance for those displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire. These applications are being accepted at www.boco.org/MarshallFireApplyForAssistance. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the financial assistance that is currently available, including more information about how to apply and eligibility.
If you need to contact us about your application, please email HHSMarshallFire@bouldercounty.org
. Please understand that due to the volume of inquiries we are receiving, response time may be delayed. We will respond as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
This financial assistance is available to anyone who suffered the following as a result of the Marshall Fire:
- Has a home that was destroyed or damaged
- Was forced to evacuate
- Lost the ability to work (including home businesses)
- Lost “tools of the trade” (excludes computers or computer equipment)
- For all loss of wages, work, or tools of the trade submissions, applicants must be able to demonstrate they have already submitted an application for Unemployment benefits
- Has a home tagged as uninhabitable due to smoke, ash, or other hazardous conditions
- Note: those who have received funding for a damaged or destroyed home are not eligible for this funding
- Applicants must complete the online crisis tracker at www.boco.org/MarshallFireSelfReport prior to application
- Has a small local business that was destroyed or damaged
Applicants will be contacted by text message or phone call within seven days after submitting the application to pick up the funds, if eligible.
Boulder County is deeply grateful to Community Foundation Boulder County, Elevations Credit Union, and the Elevations Foundation for their work bringing together significant financial resources to help our neighbors recover from the Marshall Fire.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
DUA provides unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance services to eligible survivors affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster. These services are under the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the state, territorial, tribal, and local government emergency management officials of the affected area(s). DUA is only available to those eligible survivors who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance (UI).
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
For more information from the IRS regarding assistance during a disaster, please visit IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses.
Personal Finance Program
The Boulder County Personal Finance Program (PFP) is here to help you navigate financial uncertainty, The PFP team offers both phone and virtual appointments to review your individual circumstance, talk about options and help you create a plan. All appointments are free and confidential, and Spanish-speaking coaches are available. Here’s how to reach us:
- Request an appointment via the PFP web page (click on “Request an Appointment”).
- call 720-564-2279 (option 1 for English and option 8 for Spanish) and leave a voicemail (call-backs within 48 hours), or
- email PersonalFinance@BoulderCounty.org.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.