Our building will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 in order to keep participants, staff and visitors healthy and safe. During this time, Mi Casa and our partners will continue to provide support to our participants, via phone and online as best we can. We know our community is counting on us to support their professional, employment, and business needs, especially at this difficult time. Please know we are here for you.
We know there can be a lot of uncertainty and stress during these times, so have we been compiling a list of community resources. Please refer to these resources and don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on our staff if you have questions. If there is a resource you need that is not covered on this list, please contact us and we will do our best to find information for you. This information is consistently changing, and we will update it as frequently as possible.
Updated: September 2, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program for Small, Micro Businesses and Nonprofits | The City and County of Denver is supporting its small and micro businesses, and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free PPE kits to them. These free kits will help organizations offset an unexpected expense and help ensure a safe environment for employers, volunteers, and customers as these organizations continue to reopen.
CARES ACT | Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Funding Resources for Small Businesses
The Gap Fund | The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
Applications and awards will be done in rounds to allow us to provide assistance through December 2020. The process will not be first-come-first-serve, it will be a competitive process that will help those in need receive priority access to assistance.
Priority Neighborhood Small Business Fund (PNSBF), a grant program to support micro and small businesses located only within priority neighborhoods identified by Denver Economic Development & Opportunity’s (DEDO) division of Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST). The neighborhoods of East Colfax, Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood are some of the city’s most under-represented communities to experience rapid socio-economic changes and are the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view press release.
Colorado Enterprise Fund | Microlender for 90 day interest loans
CEDS | Offering Resilience Loans, Call 303.569.8165
City and County of Denver | Emergency Grants for Denver Resident Business Owners
City and County of Denver | Emergency Loans for Denver Resident Business Owners
City of Thornton | Thornton Emergency Business Grants, administered by the Thornton Economic Development Office, are available to help fund THORNTON LICENSED BUSINESSES WITH COMMERCIAL LOCATIONS affected by COVID-19.
Facebook | Cash Grants for Small Business
CARES ACT | SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
CARES ACT | Small Business Emergency EIDL Grants are direct grants for businesses that apply for but do not qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Kiva| Small Business 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S.
CDLE Work Share Program | The Work-Share Program gives businesses an alternative to laying off your employees. It allows you to let your employees keep working, but with fewer hours. While they are working fewer hours, CDLE pays them part of their regular unemployment benefits.
Federal Coronavirus Tax Relief | Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the U.S. Treasury Dept., IRS, and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not sufficient to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can seek an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting a streamlined claim form that will soon be released.
Verizon Small Business Loan/Grant Program | grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
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