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This economic development grant was established to enable disaster impacted businesses remain viable and maintain jobs in the agriculture sector that is so critical to rural areas and Colorado as a whole. Based on documented damages or losses, farmers and ranchers received grant assistance to help them stay in business and retain employment in the impacted areas. Grants ranged from $15,000 to $150,000 and could be used to reimburse businesses for disaster-related expenses, replace lost facilities or equipment, or otherwise reinvest in their business. This program was managed in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and concluded in December of 2018.
“If not for this grant, I shudder to think where we would be today. I expect our only alternatives would have been to sell out at a low damaged property price or to take on some massive loans that I'm not sure we would have qualified for. I am very thankful that this grant exists as not only is it helping us, but I see how much it benefits my neighbors as well.”
View Before and After photo gallery.
Please contact Stephanie Casias with the Department of Local Affairs at 303-864-7893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for past information on this grant program.