Assistance for Residents
Emergency Rental Assistance: If you rent a home, condo or apartment in Adams County and have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance. This Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help with past due rent and/or utilities, and/or pay rent three (3) months forward. You can find out more or complete an application at https://adamscountycovid19.org/adams-county-emergency-rental-assistance-program..
Mortgage Forbearance: Homeowners who’ve had trouble paying their federal-backed mortgages get an extra three months of mortgage forbearance, giving those who were already in a COVID-19 forbearance plan on Feb. 28 up to 18 months. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also extended the eviction moratorium on single-family foreclosures to June 30.
Facing Eviction or Other Housing Issues: There are various issues for renters, homeowners and property owners regarding housing. The best place to research answers to your specific questions is Colorado Housing Connects, a free hotline/online resource for Colorado residents. Visit https://coloradohousingconnects.org/ or call 1-844-926-6632. Colorado Legal Services (CLS) provides free legal assistance to low-income renters facing eviction. CLS staff are available to Adams County residents by phone at 303-837-1313 and information is available on the website: www.coloradolegalservices.org/
Low-income Energy Assistance: The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) helps individuals and families pay a portion of their heat and electric costs. LEAP only accepts applications between November and April. To learn more, click on the underlined title to this section. You can also go to the Colorado PEAK website (https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/) to find out if you are eligible for this and other programs.
Brighton Water Assistance: The City offers a general water assistance program for persons facing extended financial hardship. This assistance is not limited to COVID-19 hardships and if requirements are met for both programs, this may be stacked with the City of Brighton Residential Water and Sewer grant above.
Food Banks: Adams County has a list of food pantries and meal programs throughout the county as well as other community resources listed on their website: http://adamscountycovid19.org/community-resources
Angel Relief Fund for Restaurant and Hospitality Workers: Angel Relief Fund grants through the Colorado Restaurant Association are focused on restaurant and food and beverage service hospitality workers who are diagnosed with coronavirus, have been quarantined under doctor’s care, are unable to receive government assistance, and have been out of work for more than a month.
Assistance for Businesses
Adams County Small Business Stabilization Program (SBSP): For profit businesses or non-profit organizations in Brighton negatively impacted by COVID1-19 can apply for grants through this program. For more information visit https://www.adcogov.org/small-business-stabilization-program.
Brighton Economic Development Corporation: The Brighton EDC has developed a business resource list including options for financial and technical assistance.
Paycheck Protection Program: The deadline for small businesses to apply for these forgivable loans will be extended to May 31.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan: This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Businesses/organizations can qualify for a low-interest loan (3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits) of up to $500,000 starting April 6.
#WeAreBrighton: To support local businesses, the BEDC and the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau have teamed up to start the #WeAreBrighton campaign. Visit http://brightonedc.org/wearebrighton and check out Brighton establishments that are open for business and providing gift cards, take out, and delivery service. If you are a local business and would like to be added to this site, visit https://forms.gle/H9d8KjdBMWoPUcEr9.
Colorado Enterprise Fund Original Small Business Loan: The Colorado Enterprise Funds has loans for small businesses, including microloans, step-up loans, healthy foods loans, loans for Veterans, Small Business Administration Community Advantage Loan, lines of credit, and commercial real estate loans. Visit https://coloradoenterprisefund.org/
Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Businesses: The Small Business Administration provides provide low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Working capital loans of up to $2 million can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Click here for more information on these loans.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: Operators of closed venues can start applying for this federal grant on April 8.
Assistance for Artists
The Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) created the Brighton Hearts the Arts rental assistance grant program to help local artists with the cost of rent who occupy physical space in the downtown urban renewal area. For more info and/or to apply: https://brightonura.org/176/Brighton-Hearts-the-Arts
Assistance for Community Groups and Nonprofit Organizations
COVID-19 Relief Funds and Philanthropic Responses: Philanthropy Colorado has compiled a list of relief funds and grant money available to non-profit organizations who are battling the effects of COVID-19. View the list on their website.