Durango Business Relief
Durango Business Relief Fund
The city of Durango has awarded 218 grants totaling more than $820,000 to La Plata County businesses needing assistance with expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants, ranging from $1,100 to $5,700, were released to two rounds of applicants. The second round of relief funding was made available in partnership with La Plata County.
- Number of grant applications: 156
- Number of grants awarded: 154
- Total funds awarded: $613,209
- Number of grant applications: 68
- Number of grants awarded: 64
- Total funds awarded: $208,100
Grants were awarded to businesses, sole proprietors and nonprofit organizations. Restaurants/bars, coffee shops, retail establishments, tourism-specific businesses, dental and medical offices, massage therapists, salons, gyms and childcare businesses were among those receiving funds. Businesses that did not receive funding in the first round were eligible to apply for the second round.
Applicants have been contacted and will receive funds when all paperwork has been submitted. Businesses have until noon, Friday, Jan. 8 to submit remaining documents. Business that have not heard back about grant applications should email DBRF@DurangoGov.org
The Business Relief Fund was established with CARES Act funding distributed by the state to municipalities, counties and special districts. The fund was created to encourage recovery, resilience and long-term viability of businesses contributing to a strong local economy.
Delivery Fee Reimbursement
The City of Durango is offering restaurants and food establishments utilizing third party delivery services reimbursement of fees exceeding 15 percent Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021. Food establishments must be small businesses as designated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to qualify. Reimbursement requests will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2021.
Restaurants seeking reimbursement must submit the following on a monthly basis:
- Reports from the delivery vendor reflecting transactions and amounts being requested (must exceed 15 percent of delivery fees)
- Documentation showing the restaurant or food establishment has paid these fees (bank statements correlating with the amount of fee)
For more information, contact Devon Schmidt at Devon.Schmidt@DurangoGov.org or (970) 759-0140