Small Business Resources: Promotional and Financial


As a tool to help the public continue to access your business, RiNo has created a special page on the website to highlight who's open and what's available in the district: Keep RiNo Rolling


City of Denver

Denver opens applications for new small business grants
Denver Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO) launched a new round of relief grants to support the city’s small businesses most affected by the restrictions in place due to COVID-19. In anticipation of receiving funds from the State of Colorado’s Small Business Relief Program, administered through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the city has opened its application portal for this latest round of grants, which will close on January 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Temporary Outdoor Expansions for Restaurants and Bars
Submit your proposal Extended through October 2021

Support Services - 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Aggregated List of Resources


State of Colorado

Reopen Your Business | Energize Colorado
Find actionable information to help manage your business during COVID-19 & Build a plan for reopening your business

Colorado Office of Economic Development Business Resource Center
State and federal resources for small businesses.


Federal Assistance

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.

Small Business Resources


Specifically For Restaurants

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 emergency, including relief funds, financial assistance, unemployment information, and more.

To Go Denver
List of takeout, delivery, and curbside options in Denver.


Artist Resources

Colorado Arts Relief Fund now open!

  • Online applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM MT on January 8, 2021, on the grant portal.
  • The Colorado Arts Relief Fund for individuals will provide grants up to $2,500 designed to assist arts, culture, and entertainment artists and crewmembers who are experiencing income loss due to government-mandated closures and have been unable to generate meaningful income to replace income lost through the cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other related work.
  • The Colorado Arts Relief Fund for businesses and organizations will provide general operating support grants to arts, culture, and entertainment organizations who operate under a business model in which ticket sales and/or physical foot traffic direct a significant portion of total annual revenue that has been financially affected by venue closures due to the pandemic.

CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant
Now Accepting Applications for CERF+'s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists. The third cycle will begin accepting applications on January 13th, and will close on February 3rd, 2021. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and folk and traditional artists.

Artwork Archive Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants & Opportunities
All the best art grants, residencies, and opens calls for 2021!
Plus, artist relief funds and ongoing grants for artists affected by COVID-19.

Creative Capital Artist Resources (updated regularly)
List of resources, including grants, emergency funds, and other assistance for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

Colorado Creative Industries List of Resources
List of national and state resources. They are also working with federal, state, and local partners to secure potential recovery funding and technical assistance opportunities

RedLine Gallery Resources for Artists
Includes a survey to best understand current artist needs.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) Resource List (updated regularly)
Resources plus webinars and virtual events.

The New York Foundation for the Arts has partnered with Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. Cycle 5 application deadline is January 6, 2021, for emergency treatment between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.


Additional Resources

annuity.org/financial-literacy/covid-19-financial-guide
In light of the recent pandemic, Annuity.org (a free web finance resource, accredited by the Better Business Bureau) has created a COVID-19 Financial Guide to provide information for the many small businesses, individuals and families, and health care providers that have been impacted financially.