COVID-19 Business Resources
January 5, 2020
Morgan County is currently at "Orange- High Risk" level as directed by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. This level dictates different and more restrictive guidelines for businesses, restaurants, gatherings, events and more.
For archived COVID-19 Business Resources news and updates click here.
Business Grants, Loans & Programs-
City of Fort Morgan: Small Business Relief Program- CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Governor Polis on Dec. 7 signed SB20B-001, providing $37 million for direct relief payments to small businesses located in a county that is subject to, and in compliance with, severe capacity restrictions pursuant to a public health order. Morgan County is currently at “Orange- High Risk”. The Orange level dictates different and slightly less restrictive guidelines for restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and fitness and recreational sports centers.
The City of Fort Morgan has received nearly $70,000 in state business relief funds to distribute to local eligible small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently accepting grant applications from qualifying businesses with a cut off date of February 5, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Click here for application
Click here for blank W-9 Form
SBA COVID-19 Relief Programs- UPDATE 01/14/2021
Applications are currently being accepted for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Additionally, funds can be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations. Click here to get more information.
The SBA has several other relief programs to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to get more information about which options are best for your business.
For local assistance, contact Merle Rhoades, our Small Business Development Center Consultant at SBDC. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. SBDC does not charge for their services.
Energize Colorado: Gap Fund
Applications are no longer being accepted, currently fundraising to provide a third round of funding. Sign up for updates regarding the launch of the third round here.
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25 million in small business loans and grants to boost small businesses with less than 25 full-time employees. Eligible businesses 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 through December 2020. Round two deadline has been extended to WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2020. There will be multiple rounds for applications and will not be first-come-first serve.
Click here to apply
Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Page
The City of Fort Morgan encourages businesses to continue to check out the Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource page to stay up to date on public health and executive orders and guidance to assist your business during this time.
Colorado COVID Legal Relief
The CCLR was created to assist small businesses that need limited free legal advice regarding COVID-19 related issues with volunteer lawyers. Click here for more information regarding the CCLR and resources available to you.
If you are a small business in need of legal advice please click here for the application. Please keep in mind completing the application does not guarantee you will be assisted.
COVID-19 Vendor List
Click here for a list of vendors offering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Safety Supplies for your business. Businesses should follow the cleaning recommendations set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Click here for cleaning guidance based on your specific type of business.
*Please note the City of Fort Morgan does not endorse any specific vendor; the list is meant to serve as a resource.
If you have any questions, please contact our economic development office.
The City of Fort Morgan will continue to work with our business community to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and provide any resources as they become available.