COVID-19 Grants

Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant

In November, the Town of Lyons is offering a Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Program that will have a total funding of $200,000. All applications are due by noon on Monday, Dec. 7 to be considered. The program’s purpose was to provide support for small businesses that continue to experience financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The grants are intended to help reimburse small businesses for eligible expenses and lost revenue incurred between March 10 to present day. Grants will be awarded in variable amounts based on eligible expense documentation submitted with the application, not to exceed an award of $10,000. 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. Please read through the eligibility and requirements before you complete your application. 

Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Application

Granting Timeline

Application Opens – Monday, Nov. 23

Application Closes – Noon on Monday, Dec. 7

Grantees Selected and Notified – Week of Dec. 14

For questions regarding this program, please email bhoyt@townoflyons.com.

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. 


Eligibility

Please review the following eligibility requirements: 
  • The business must operate or primarily conduct business in the town limits of Lyons, Colorado.
  • 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 town, county, and state.
  • Business employed 50 or fewer employees as of March 10, 2020.
  • 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 Noon, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.
Eligible Non-Profits Include: 
  • Museums
  • Tourism Associations
  • Cultural Events & Facilities Organizations
  • Arts/Entertainment Organizations
  • Film Festival Organizations
  • Outdoor Recreation and Access Organizations

Small Business Relief Fund Allowable Expenses

Please see the eligible expenses below: 
  • Lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, as demonstrated in monthly financial statements from 2020 and 2019 showing decreased revenue amounts from the same month(s) in 2020 compared to 2019
  • Rent, mortgage, utilities required to resume or continue business activity, when revenue is insufficient to cover these expenses
  • Expenses from March 10 to present to make temporary facility modifications related to social distancing or otherwise to comply with public health orders
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and sanitation supplies
  • Urgently needed equipment repair/replacement required to resume or continue business activity and necessary due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Supplies that support business activity adjustments during the COVID-19 response period that are needed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Marketing, public relations, and/or communications needs to address business activity adjustments during the COVID-19 response period and due to COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Telecom/internet connectivity due to COVID-19 to facilitate business activity during the COVID-19 response period
  • Business licenses, permits, or other fees required due to the COVID-19 public health emergency to resume or continue business activity
  • Delivery services when in-person provision of services or goods has been reduced due to the pandemic
  • Professional services such as legal, administration, marketing, or other technical assistance needed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Required Information for the Application

Please gather the following documents and information: 
  • Town of Lyons business license number and federal EIN or tax ID number
  • Modest amount of financial information

Information provided on applications will be used for the county’s grant program purposes only.

*Expenses that have already been reimbursed through EIDL, PPP, Energize Colorado’s GAP Fund, or other programs funded through CARES Act funding are not eligible on this grant.

Selection Details

Grant funding will be evaluated based on applicant need and clear indication of COVID-19 impact to the business. Incomplete applications, or applications submitted after the 11:59 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7 deadline will not be considered.

Grant awards will be determined at the discretion of the Town and are subject to funding availability. 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. In accordance with federal guidance, businesses that are awarded grants under this program should consider the awards taxable income, and there may be additional federal reporting requirements regarding the use of awarded funds.

Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Application

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