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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.95 Million in CARES Act Funding to Capitalize Revolving Loan Funds to Help Small Businesses Across Colorado Respond to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.95 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Colorado.

“President Trump is working diligently every day to support our nation’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 through the CARES Act,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These investments will provide small businesses across Colorado with the necessary capital to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and, in turn, create a stronger and more resilient state economy for the future.”

“These investments come at a crucial time to help Colorado’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and EDA is pleased to invest these CARES Act funds so that Colorado businesses have access to capital to respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.”

“COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented strain on communities across all four corners of Colorado,” said Senator Cory Gardner. “I’m excited to see this important funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration delivered to several areas across Colorado to bolster local economies and help small businesses get through this pandemic. We must continue working together to ensure relief is reaching Coloradans and the American people.”

The EDA investments announced today are:

  • San Luis Valley Development Resources Group, Alamosa, Colorado, will receive a $968,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer an RLF to provide gap financing loans to coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties.
  • Western Colorado Business Development Corporation, Grand Junction, Colorado, will receive a $550,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by capitalizing and administering an RLF to make loans to coronavirus-impacted businesses in Mesa County.
  • Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Durango, Colorado, will receive a $440,000 EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer an RLF to make loans to coronavirus-impacted businesses in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties as well as the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Indian Reservations.

These current EDA RLF grantees are some of the more than 850 existing, high-performing EDA RLF, Economic Development District, University Center, and Tribal grant recipients invited to apply for supplemental funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump, provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 7, Secretary Ross announced that EDA is accepting applications for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding opportunities.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit our recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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