Pitkin County Business Grants

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners ( the BOCC) and county staff are very aware of the many negative economic impacts that the various COVID 19 public health orders have had on businesses operating in our county. As part of the county measures designed to help offset those impacts, the BOCC has authorized $1.28 million to be awarded as grants to qualifying Pitkin County businesses in partnership with the Aspen Community Foundation. Businesses wholly or partially owned by a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley will be prioritized 

The Pitkin County Business Grant program will be administered in conjunction with Aspen Community Foundation and is designed to distribute funds to those businesses most adversely affected by the health orders.

The grants will be used by qualifying businesses for legitimate business operating costs, such as payroll, rent/mortgage, insurance, and other business expenses that comply with all federal, state and local laws.

It is important to note that requests for assistance may well exceed the amount of funding available, so not all eligible businesses will receive funding. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds have been distributed and selected grantees will be notified upon award determination.

Applications will be reviewed based on the selection criteria and a weighted scoring matrix will be utilized to make final selections. All eligible businesses may apply. Priority will be given to businesses who were impacted by the public health orders, such as restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, theaters, personal services, and event-related businesses.

If you have any questions, please contact: pitkinbusinessgrants@aspencommunityfoundation.org

Eligibility Requirements

- Must be a business operating in Pitkin County that started operations on or before March 10, 2020.
- Must be a registered business, in good standing, with the Colorado Secretary of State's office.
- Business must have submitted a safety plan to Pitkin County and be in compliance with all statewide and local public health orders due to COVID-19, including capacity restrictions, and will continue into the future.
- Businesses are NOT eligible if they have received an NOV or closure notice for violation of the Public Health Order.
- Business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, to be substantiated by the materials required in the application
- Businesses with more than one physical location in Pitkin County may apply only one time for the grant program for one location only.
- Individually owned franchises operating in Pitkin County are eligible if an owner resides in the Roaring Fork Valley.
- A W-9 is required.
- Funding cannot be used for expenses already paid for by any other local, state, or federal grant funding.
Business must use funding for its own regular operating costs [payroll, rent, mortgage, and other regular business expenses] only for the business operating in Pitkin County.