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Posted on: November 4, 2020

City of Cortez Cares Coronavirus Relief Program

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The City of Cortez has received CARES Act funds to help local businesses and non-profit organizations that have experienced business disruption due to COVID-19. Funds from $500 to $5,000 are available.  Requests must not duplicate funding already received from other COVID-19 related grants or relief programs including, but not limited to, PPP and EIDL loans.



The City of Cortez will consider proposals from for-profit and non-profit businesses including 501c6 and 501c3 organizations, and home-based businesses that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Business/organization must be located within the City of Cortez limits.
  2. Business must have a current City of Cortez sales tax license (if appropriate for business) at time of application.
  3. The business/organization is still in business and working to reopen or stay open.
  4. All applicants will be asked to provide receipts and/or financial documentation to demonstrate need.


Eligible Funding Requests

  • Reimbursement of any COVID-19 related expenses that have already occurred including masks, sanitizer, plexiglass, signage, technology needs, or other costs incurred to accommodate social distancing and public health requirements. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
  • Funds may be used for COVID-19 related expenses still needed to meet public health and social distancing requirements (PPE equipment, technology, signage, outdoor space, tents, heaters, etc.). Please provide quotes or specific pricing information. If approved, the City will make payment after all proof of purchase receipts are received.  Purchases must be made and all receipts received by the December 18, 2020 deadline. 
  • Funds may be used for costs of business interruption caused by required business closures (this may include rent, utilities, and personnel).  
  • Funds may be used for costs expended for any events that were cancelled (posters, t-shirts, etc.).
  • All funding must be expended in 2020 and for 2020 expenses.  All funding is subject to review, audit, and final determination by the Department of Treasury. Any funds spent that are not in compliance with their requirements must be returned to the City of Cortez.  For additional information to clarify eligible expenditures, please visit https:/

 Ineligible Requests

  • Marijuana businesses
  • Businesses that are already permanently closed


The Selection Committee includes the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9), a City Council Representative, and City staff member.  All applications will be evaluated based on the above criteria and availability of funds. Region 9 will receive all applications directly and has the legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard the privacy of all applicants. The Selection Committee shall maintain all Confidential Information in strict confidence and shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose, disseminate, use for the benefit of themselves or any third parties, or otherwise publish Confidential Information, except as required by law. 


First Round – due by Monday, November 23, 2020, Second Round – due by Monday, December 14, 2020 (All funding must be distributed by Dec. 31, 2020.) Any applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

Applications shall be dropped off in an envelope Attention: Cortez Cares Coronavirus Relief Program, at Region 9’s Satellite Office located inside the Dolores State Bank at 27880 Highway 160, Cortez, or sent via email to Region 9 at  Questions can be directed to Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado at 970-247-9621.


If funding request is granted and not used for the purpose in the proposal, funds must be returned to the City of Cortez within 30 days of notification from the City. 

Nondiscrimination: including statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, creed, disability, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or marital status

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