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 August 2022)

Recent Updates

  • City of Fort Collins Announces upcoming Small Business Grants! Opening August 1 grants will be made in increments of $2,500, $5,000, or $7,500, grant amount is dependent upon number of employees and annual revenue (assistance will not have to be repaid). Two rounds of funding will be made available to businesses. Round 1 will be open to businesses on August 1 and closes August 30. Round 2 will be open to businesses on October 3 and closes October 31.
  • The newly opened Multicultural Business & Entrepreneurship Center is now offering business services to the community and has $30K at its disposal to help businesses with technical assistance.
  • The Business Foundations Technical Assistance program provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves. The program includes 3 required training paths for businesses to complete and receive a certification. Once completed, businesses may be eligible to apply for small grants of up to $1,200.
  • Host a CSU Student with a Micro-Internship! These can be short-term projects that can typically be completed within 5-40 hours and is due within a few days to a few weeks. These projects require no on-boarding, are paid 1099 and can be completed by a college student with minimal instruction. This is a great way to finish projects you have been meaning to get to, it is also a great way introduce your company to students and see if there is a potential fit for future opportunities and ultimately, it is a great way to support CSU students.
  • COVID -19

LOCAL RESOURCES

SUPPLIES & TOOLS

STATE RESOURCES

NATIONAL RESOURCES

  • NATIONAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:
    • Americans for the Arts has a list of national resources
    • Art-Train brings together artists and creatives with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations. With separate tracks for artists and agencies, Art-Train helps you use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations
    • NIVA – (National Independent Venues Association)guidance about venues reopening, advocacy and support for venue owners #SaveOurStages
    • Small Business Administration Debt Relief
    • Small Business Administration 24/7  Help Line: 1-800-659-2955
  • FUNDING AND NETWORKS:
    • Freelancer’s Union
    • Kiva Loans – Yes, 0% interest – no catch. They’re a non-profit aimed at expanding access to capital. Worldwide loans
    • Alignable is a small businesses referral network.