As part of its COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, Adams County has partnered with several local Chambers of Commerce to develop a series of mini-grants in three categories to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 situation. Federal funding for the grants comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress.
“While loans work for some small businesses, others may not have the capacity to take on another debt, so by providing mini-grants with the CARES Act funds, we can continue to help our most vulnerable small businesses, which in turn helps stimulate the economy,” said Mary Hodge, County Commissioner and Champion of the Business Support Response & Recovery Team. “We realize businesses may have different needs as they navigate the road to recovery, so we are offering grants for multiple categories of use.”
Businesses can apply for mini-grants at adamscountycovid19.org/minigrants beginning Monday, June 8, in these categories:
- Business operations mini-grants have a maximum award value of $2,500 per business applicant to use for operational upgrades such as building safety enhancements to encourage social distancing, personal protective equipment for employees and customers, adjustments to air or filtration systems, or other costs associated with the enactment of COVID-19 specific operations plans.
- Technology upgrades mini-grants have a maximum award value of $1,000 per business applicant to use for items like point-of-sale terminals or systems, including contactless payment systems, touchless entry and exit for a physical business location, temperature screening, and technology needs for the enactment of COVID-19 specific operations plans.
- Compliance issues mini-grants have a maximum award value of $1,000 per business applicant to use for expenses such as legal support or guidance for operations during COVID-19, consulting support for operations during COVID-19, and expenses for preparation of variance requests to public health agencies.
Businesses can apply to any or all mini-grant categories if applicable. Businesses must submit a separate application for each category through the grant application portal at adamscountycovid19.org/minigrants. Successful applicants will be notified during the week of June 22, with funding allocated shortly after in one lump sum. Mini-grant recipients must provide documentation within 30 days that shows use of funds as outlined in the application. The application process opens Monday, June 8, and closes Friday, June 19, at 4:30 p.m. MST.
To be eligible, businesses must meet these criteria:
- 25 or fewer employees
- Physical business located within Adams County (no home-based businesses, except for childcare facilities)
- Business must have primarily in-person customer interactions
- Open as of Dec. 31, 2019, or prior
- Ability to demonstrate need for grant funds due to the impact of COVID-19
- Must conduct legal activities and be in the best interest of the community
- Cannot be in default or planning to default
- Only locally owned franchises may apply
Please contact Max Daffron at 720.523.6823 or [email protected] for more information.