The impact of COVID-19 on the small business community is detrimental. For disadvantaged minority and women owned businesses as well as public charities (including churches), the effect is disproportionate. As a result, many of these business owners and organization leaders are making the challenging decision on whether or not they will close their doors permanently.

The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities (The Foundation) will give priority to disadvantaged women- and minority-owned business along with public charities and including churches located in the 80010 zip code. All funds for the other neighborhoods (Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, East Colfax, Montbello, Stapleton, Globeville, Elyria and Swansea) have been exhausted. Please check back often as funds become available, the application will reopen in other areas.

Thanks to our generous grantors and sponsors, The Foundation has established the COVID 19 Disadvantaged Minority and Women owned Business Relief Grant Fund. Disadvantaged Minority and women owned businesses can apply to the fund for grants up to $1,000.  Grants will be made available until the COVID 19 Relief Grant Fund have been expended. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with and will be processed within 14 business days. Grants are available on a first come first serve basis until all funds have been expended.

To qualify businesses must:

  • Be located in one of the target neighborhoods listed above
  • Be in good standing with the state of Colorado. A Certificate of Good Standing is required
  • Describe how COVID 19 has impacted your business
  • Provide revenue documentation for the past year
  • Detail how the funds will be spent over the next 3 months
  • Submit an expense report (including receipts) detailing how grant funds were used no later than August 28, 2020

Listed below is a sample of expenses that can be covered by The Foundation’s COVID Relief Fund. The list is meant to provide guidance but, is not exhaustive. Applications will be given consideration on a case by case basis.

  • Payroll
  • Business Rental Lease
  • Business Utilities
  • Technology Support
  • Operational Support

Please visit one of The Foundation websites listed below to apply:

​Health and Wellness Initiative