Arts & Cultural Non-Profit Organizations


Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated 6/02/2020)


Recent Updates


  • CARES Act –as of 5/4/2020 EIDL loans are open to agricultural businesses only.  Applications already submitted will still be processed in the order in which they have been received  Forgivable Federal loans and payroll protection payments are being accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis.  If you need local help reach out to the Larimer SBDC  or see information at the Small Business Association 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) with up to a $10,000 advance or forgivable loan — now closed to all but agricultural businesses.
  • Payroll Protection Program This is on a first-come-first-served basis and can cover your employee payrolls, meant to help businesses keep their workforce employed, is 100% forgivable – contact your bank to apply
  • CARES Act LOAN APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROJECT – a no-cost lawyer match program for Colorado Nonprofit Association members providing a resource for much-needed support navigating the federal relief and response funding. (eligibility, what information you will need to complete your application, simplify requirements, clarify language, and offer other things to consider as you apply.) Learn more and get connected with a volunteer lawyer.
  • This GUIDE  can help you navigate/understand the CARES Act.
  • Small Business Administration 24/7  Help Line: 1-800-659-2955


  • The Institute of Museums and Library Services just announced: IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries Deadline June 12th
  • Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund – Applications currently open – The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County are offering grants of $5,000 – $25,000 to nonprofit organizations.
  • Rolling Deadline – The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is offering support to small businesses whose work aligns with the Fund’s priorities of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.  Funds are distributed within three days.


  • FORT COLLINS BUSINESS HELP: City of Fort Collins
  • LOCAL BUSINESS CONSULTING, SBA/FEDERAL LOANS and GRANTS: Larimer SBDC (Free one on one professional help)
  • REGIONAL BUSINESS HELP: NOCO RECOVERS – A one stop shop for COVID-19 recovery resources for the business community in Northern Colorado. 
  • PPE for BUSINESSES: NoCo Safety Supply Marketplace  – PPE supplies, sell or buy from NoCo sources
  • – website designed for businesses and citizens with ways to promote shopping locally with marketing asset generator, connections and resources for being open!
  • Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan – APPLY HERE! $5 million dollars available to help business recovery. Funded by the City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, and Bohemian Foundation.
  • Guidance for Businesses and Non-Profits from the City of Fort Collins including downloadable “Face Mask Required” signage
  • NETWORKING: Fort Collins Nonprofit Networking Facebook Group sharing best practices, tips and place to ask questions
  • SALES TAX DefermentCity of Fort Collins Allows Qualified Businesses to Defer Sales Tax Payments till June 22, see link and call (970) 221-6780
  • CREATIVE TOOLS AND TIPS – Watch video tutorials about e-commerce, online marketing, video production from home and much more!
  • FUNDING: Community Event Fund – Bohemian Foundation (rolling deadline)
  • FUNDING: MUSE Grant (For Music Organizations and Activities/Programs) – Bohemian Foundation (Fall 2020 application will open October 2020)
  • FUNDING: Pharos Fund Grants – Fort Collins 501c3 Nonprofits and government units – Bohemian Foundation (Fall 2020 application will open in August)