No news is good news. (Spoiler: the CRA’s latest newsletter is packed with news.) We’re listed it here from best to worst, with loan forgiveness and grant applications leading the charge. (Click here for even more local grant programs throughout the state.) Flu shots are more important this winter than ever, and essential employees in Boulder County can get them for free this year. Then there’s election news; public health order updates for Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties; and the state of the state.
The following information comes from the CRA’s Wednesday, October 21 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.
PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications Now Live
Three PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Forms are now available:
- Form 3508S (Instructions) – simplified application for borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less
- Form 3508EZ (Instructions)
- Form 3508 (Instructions)
Remember that your lender will have thousands of these PPP forgiveness applications to review, so keep your application concise and to the point. Maintain more detailed records for up to seven years for any additional follow-up or review.
You may want to wait for guidance from your lender on when to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. Many banks are also waiting for final rulings and anticipated changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Lenders are building out their own internal systems to process these efficiently and through their websites.
Energize Colorado Applications Due October 26
The second round of applications for grants and loans through the Energize Colorado Gap Fund are due on October 26, 2020.
Small businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of grants and loans, up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans, for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. You can apply here.
DoorDash Accepting Applications From Denver Restaurants for Winter Patio Grants Through November 6
As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, restaurants are facing an entirely new set of challenges. In response, DoorDash is providing $5,000 grants to small businesses selected through an application process in select cities across the U.S. The grants are part of DoorDash’s Main Street Strong initiative to help restaurants recover and succeed amidst COVID-19 related challenges. Eligibility criteria for the grants:
- $3 million or less in 2019 annual sales per store
- Three stores or fewer currently operating
- 50 employees or fewer per store
- Does not have to be a DoorDash partner
- At least one store must reside in Denver, Colorado
Apply for assistance and learn more here. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020.
Boulder County Offering Free Flu Shots to Essential Workers
Boulder County is offering free flu shots to essential workers aged 19 years old or older who do not have insurance that covers the cost of a flu shot. No appointment or identification is required. Supplies are limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Outdoor Walk-Up Clinic
Longmont: Monday, October 26; 515 Coffman, west parking lot
Boulder: Monday, October 21 and 28; 3482 Broadway, east side of the building near baseball field
Boulder: Saturday, October 24; 3482 Broadway, east side of the building near baseball field
Thursday, October 29: Town Hall With Senator Cory Gardner
Join us Thursday, October 29, at 10 a.m. for a virtual town hall with Senator Cory Gardner. Senator Gardner will address his work in the Senate, federal relief efforts, and federal policies restaurateurs can expect to see in the coming fall and winter months. He will devote significant time to questions. Register here.
Please note that we extended this same invitation to former Governor John Hickenlooper, but due to a busy campaign schedule, he was unable to attend. He has agreed to meet with us after the election.
Tri-County Public Health Updates (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties)
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) sent a letter to all restaurateurs within its jurisdiction offering updates on the recent Adams and Arapahoe County public health orders and clarifying some frequently asked questions, including indoor versus outdoor seating and party sizes. You can read the letter here.
Additionally, TCHD will be hosting a webinar to discuss the requirements of executive and public health orders and answer your questions related to compliance and safe operations. Please register for the webinar here.
We strongly encourage you to ask that your employees be vigilant and adhere to all existing public health orders, even outside of work. If these orders fail to curb the spread of COVID-19 there could be further restrictions for restaurants.
COVID-19 Cases in Colorado Are Rising: Let’s Work Together to Prevent Rolled Back Capacity
COVID-19 cases in the state of Colorado continue to rise—the state is now seeing a positivity rate of over six percent, case numbers at an all-time high, and there are active cases in all 64 counties. Several counties are pursuing mitigation plans to try to prevent moving into Safer at Home Level 3, which stipulates 25 percent capacity in restaurants and a 10 p.m. last call time. Indeed, Logan County has already moved into Safer at Home Level 3. Once a county moves backward, it will have to operate at that level for at least two weeks, and perhaps several more, until case counts show clear decline. You can see the dial framework that shows county levels and guidelines here.
We know you are tired and frustrated, and you are eager to get back to some semblance of business-as-usual. And we know that further restrictions on capacity would be devastating for this industry. So in addition to continuing to follow the guidelines, wearing your masks, washing your hands, and distancing from others, please communicate to your employees how critical it is that they follow your county’s public health guidelines, even outside of work. Stress to them that in addition to protecting their own health, they’re protecting their community: our industry’s survival—and all of our livelihoods—is dependent on bringing these numbers down.
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