PUEBLO COUNTY — As Pueblo continues to struggle with COVID-19, additional money is being made available for businesses in the county.
The City of Pueblo is using $1 million from the half-cent sales tax fund to provide grants of up to $5,000.
The funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Corporate businesses are not eligible to apply, the Mayor's Office said.
Pueblo County is taking $500,000 out of the COVID-19 Cares Act money to provide grants up to $50,000.
“Our small businesses have gone through a difficult year, and we need to make sure our local economy can get through these new health orders by the state. That is why the City has made available $1 million from our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to help Pueblo businesses right now,” Pueblo Mayor Gradisar said. “I call on every Puebloan to do their part to support local businesses this holiday season. Buy local, shop local, have a carry-out night, or buy that gift card – do what you can to support our local businesses.”
"Level red seems to be the level that breaks a business' back and may not allow them to reopen. So I know that it is not enough in government, we have got to do more," County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz said.
If you would like to apply, the county has applications available on its website.
The City of Pueblo also has applications available online.