The Recover Colorado Grant Program is now open for businesses that suffered economic loss as a result of the Highway 34 closure. In addition to those businesses, any business that did not apply for earlier grants for the September 2012 High Park Fire and the 2013 Colorado floods are still able to apply. Each grant can be for as much as $50,000 in economic losses.
“The Estes Park EDC has been working closely with both Colorado OEDIT, Upstate Colorado and the Larimer SBDC to ensure local businesses can benefit from this program,” stated Jon Nicholas, President / CEO of Estes Park EDC.
Since January 2017, Colorado OEDIT has awarded over $711,000 to 53 businesses statewide with over $352,000 going to 27 businesses in the Estes Valley. In addition, 50 other area businesses have filed or begun the application process since January. Through December 2016, Estes Park EDC helped local businesses obtain Recover Colorado Business Recovery Grants totaling over $2.1 million by retaining a local, full-time Business Recovery Coordinator to partner with Larimer SBDC. Those grants were associated with 283 full-time and 449 part-time jobs centered on the Estes Valley region. For 2016, Estes Park EDC received an International Silver Award for excellence in Economic Development for its flood recovery efforts from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Since January, the Estes Park EDC has worked with 98 local businesses seeking information or help with the grant program. If you would like to apply or if would like further information on the grant program, please contact the Estes Park EDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-577-1031.