Creative Businesses


Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated 9/01/2021)

Recent Updates

  • Colorado Arts Relief Fund is open! This fund provides $15.5 million for the second round of funding to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications: Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization and Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals. Applications are open from August 23 – October 15.
  • City of Fort Collins Recovery Plan VisionThe City is set to receive $28.1 million of the nearly $6 billion American Rescue Plan Act funds.  To guide this spending, the City is developing a Fort Collins Recovery Plan. They want to hear from you! What does a resilient, vibrant recovery for all residents and businesses look like? How can we get there? Share your ideas, thoughts,  stories and hear others’ experiences and ideas HERE or Take a quick survey here
  • The Freelancer Failure Ball is the first-ever black-tie charity gala created to celebrate screw-ups in business. This is the chandelier-soaked rooftop fundraiser that benefits To Write Love on Her Arms, an American nonprofit focused on mental health for whole humans. September 18 at 5pm 
  • Colorado’s CLIMBER small business loan fund! These are below market rate loans with favorable terms for small businesses with 5-99 employees. CLIMBER loans are available to non-profit businesses along with for-profit and sole proprietorships. Special consideration is given to small businesses located in rural, distressed, and underserved areas, including communities with low to moderate incomes. For full details and eligibility visit their website.
  • Get info on vaccines from the Larimer County Health Department




American Rescue Plan & CARES Act

  • Shuttered Venues Grant – This special grant has funds up to 10 million dollars for shuttered venues and cultural institutions. Businesses can receive this grant if also applying of PPP funds, but PPP loan must be approved prior. Venues are recommended to read through FAQs, use this checklist to prep in advance and once opened apply through the SBA. For help: Watch the SBA informational webinar to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities, Watch webinar video HERE!  And if you need more hands on help reach to the SBA regional office in Denver.
  • PPP loans program is closed!  Get details at: Payroll Protection Program
  • If you have any questions regarding the CARES Act reach out to the Larimer SBDC  or see information at the Small Business Association 
  • 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