Boulder County Small Business

COVID-19 Funding


This program provides grants for projects that will demonstrate a high level of collaboration between artists, organizations and a target community to address a problem or social justice issue. The projects will involve the utilization of arts and culture as an integral part of creating solutions to civic, social, environmental and health problems.

  • Basically, all who reside in the State of Colorado
Funding Amount

Grants will range from $5,000 to $35,000.

Deadline to Apply

September 14, 2021


Barstool Sports has created the Barstool Fund powered by the 30 Day Fund to help small businesses survive COVID impacts. The nonprofit 30 Day Fund was launched by Virginia technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife, Burson. Working with other business leaders throughout the nation, the Fund’s goal is to help save as many jobs as possible. The funds disbursed do not need to be repaid, but if businesses who receive the Fund’s assistance do, at a later date, wish to “pay it forward,” they may do so by directing those dollars back to the Fund, which will disburse them to another business in need. To date, the 30 Day Fund has raised more than $8 million and is on the way to funding more than 2,200 small businesses and the COVID-specific Barstool Fund has raised over $37 million.

  • Any small business in need of help due to the impacts of COVID
  • The one rule is that all Barstool Fund recipients must keep their employees on the payroll.
Funding Amount


Deadline to Apply

No deadline


Small businesses will receive consulting, media, or creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or a tech makeover from Comcast Business.

  • At least 51% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned and operate
  • Independently owned and operated
  • Registered to conduct business in the US
  • Has been operating for one or more years
  • Is located within the Comcast Business or Effectv service area footprint (includes Boulder County)
Funding Amount

Selected businesses could receive one or more of the following elements:

    Advertising and marketing consultations with local Effectv marketing, research, and creative teams to gain insights on how to grow your business.
    A linear TV media schedule, over a 90-day period.
    Turnkey production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation and 90-day media placement schedule.
    Computer equipment and Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for 12 months. (Taxes and other fees may still apply for tech makeover services.)
    More information coming soon.
Deadline to Apply

May 7, 2021


This grant program supports the design, purchase, construction or renovation of buildings that are used for humanities activities. Funds may also be used for digital infrastructure. This is a matching grant program and applicants must raise private capital to receive the grant. There is a range of matching requirements:

  • Historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and two-year community collages — 1:1 match
  • Grants up to $500,000 — 3:1 match
  • Grants up to $750,000 — 4:1 match
  • Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Applicants must work wholly or in part in the humanities (must support research, education, preservation or public programming in the humanities)
Funding Amount

Up to $750,000

Deadline to Apply

There are two rounds:

  • May 18, 2021
  • September 28, 2021

Beauty Industry Relief Grants

Events, Arts & Culture Program

Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Need help?

The SBDC has consultants available to answer your questions about COVID funding programs and help walk you through the applications. Request a virtual appointment below.


The COVID funding webpages have been created through a partnership between the Boulder SBDC and Boulder County Commissioners’ Office.

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Most of these programs have specific criteria on the allowed uses on any funds distributed. Businesses are advised to pay careful attention to these criteria. In addition, almost all programs do not allow a business to use funds from more than one program for the same expense or loss of revenue. This is known as “double-dipping” and may result in a demand for return of the funds along with penalties and interest.