Applications sought for small business relief grants

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Feb. 4 for grants intended to help small businesses endure the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions.

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our community, and this is a way Mesa County can offer financial assistance in the form of a one-time relief grant,” said Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier. “While COVID is still a reality small business owners continue to endure the impacts of the pandemic, and we know every dollar makes a difference as they fight to remain open.”

Applications will be accepted through March 7 for a separate grant program the City of Grand Junction established to help businesses within the city limits.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded Mesa County more than $956,000 to distribute under the Small Business Relief Program. Under state legislation enacted in December, the program provides $57 million in direct aid, grants and annual fee waivers to small businesses and also creates grant programs and allocates funds for art and cultural organizations and minority owned businesses.

Mesa County will distribute grants to eligible businesses on behalf of the county and municipalities in the county.

One-time payments are available to locally owned small businesses affected by pandemic restrictions, including bars, breweries, caterers, distilleries, fitness clubs, movie theaters, restaurants and wineries.

Mesa County businesses that have experienced reduced revenues of at least 20 percent because of capacity restrictions imposed under public health orders may be eligible for funding.  

One-time grants of $3,500, $5,000 and $7,000 are available to applicants based on the annual income of the business. Grants will be distributed by Feb. 12.

Businesses will need documentation to apply for grants, including state licenses, profit and loss statements, tax returns and W-9 forms.

The application process also is underway for the latest phase of the Grand Junction Business Stabilization and Recovery Grant Fund.

The City of Grand Junction has authorized the Business Incubator Center to distribute up to $500,000 to eligible businesses affected by the pandemic.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for prior recipients of grants and forgivable loans from the city. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to new applicants. \To apply for the grants, businesses must be located within the Grand Junction city limits have 25 or fewer full-time employees and demonstrate the effects of the pandemic on their operations.

Businesses must complete a survival and recovery plan, gather supporting documents and complete applications. Supporting documents include balance sheets and profit and loss statements for 2019 and 2020 as well as documentation for projected business expenses for 90 days.

Assistance is available from the Business Incubator Center.

For more information about Small Business Relief Program grants, visit www.mesacounty.us/administration/small-business-relief-program. Contact the Business Incubator Center at 243-5242 or visit www.gjincubator.org.