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Colorado Stay at Home Order - CPR News Story



The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Several provisions provide aid and assistance to independent artists, small business owners, and non-profits.

UPDATED 5.8.20: At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted for the PPP and EIDL programs, due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received

The Colorado SBDC is a credible resource for the latest information about SBA loan and grant programs through the CARES act.

Visit the SBDC COVID Small Business Response Page



UPDATED 5.8.20: The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is accepting applications for federal unemployment benefits through the CARES act. This includes benefits available to self-employed and gig economy workers suffering lost work during this time.

Additional guidelines:

  • If you only receive income through 1099 or contract work, apply through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance portal.

  • If you were laid off from a job that pays you through W-2 income, apply for a standard Unemployment Insurance claim.

  • If you have a mix of 1099 and W-2 income, and received more than $2500 from a W-2 job on your most recent tax return, you will need to apply through the standard Unemployment Insurance claim.

File an Unemployment Claim

Read our Blog Post on Unemployment Benefits



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Americans for the Arts: Coronavirus Resource and Response Center

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts: Resource List

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists: Freelance Artist Resources

Arts Through It All: Campaign Resources and Toolkit



Colorado Artist Relief Fund - Just re-opened to artists outside the Denver metro. Grants up to $1000 to individual artists.

NoCo Music Relief Fund - Grants up to $1000 available to musicians and music industry workers living in Larimer or Weld county and suffering extreme financial emergencies.

Artist Relief - $5000 grants to practicing artists experiencing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Applications open now!

Cerf + (funding for artists infected with COVID-19 requiring medical care)

CO Cares Act - Awarded through CCI on behalf of the NEA, these $5000 grants for nonprofit arts organizations are intended to help entities retain employees during this time.

WESTAF Cares Relief Fund - General operating support to arts and culture organizations with awards up to $20,000. Organizations are encouraged to apply ASAP, as high volume will likely determine a short deadline.

Colorado COVID Relief Fund (funding for non-profits and small businesses)

Foundation for Contemporary Arts - Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund ($1500 grants to artists with performances or exhibitions cancelled)

MusiCares COVID Relief Fund (for musicians)

The Actors Fund - Emergency Financial Assistance for workers in entertainment and the performing arts



Masks for Heroes - Tutorials for DIY Masks

Think360 Arts - Teaching Artist TV (free resource library of videos and study guides on art lessons)

Armando Silva - EN CASA (coloring sheets, art resources)

Giants and Pilgrims - My Favorite FUN Homeschooling Resources

NoCo Live from Home Show (weekly live-streamed music performances)