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Yet more grants available!


Last updated 9/2/2020 at 1:03pm

Good morning. I hope all are well and enjoying the slightly cooler weather that has started off the week. This week I would like to announce the opening of a second wave of block grant opportunities for agencies working with residents in need, as well as a reminder of the ongoing small business grant program.

Our El Paso County Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is announcing an additional application cycle for the release of CDBG-CV funds for eligible agencies. The application process opens Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and closes on October 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. Over $450,000 is being made available to local nonprofit agencies and participating municipal governments for direct client services such as: rent/utility assistance, employment training and mental health services. This targeted special initiative will bring federal funding to our region, which will help our community prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. Agencies interested in applying can visit to view the application and instructions. All first-time applicants are required to contact program staff before submitting their application.

For individual businesses, I also wanted to put out one last reminder of our ongoing El Paso County small business and nonprofit COVID relief fund program before it closes. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for eligible businesses and nonprofits that were affected by the COVID-related downturn. The business relief fund application deadline is the end of the day on Sept. 7. Go to for additional details or to apply.

Finally, El Paso County also reminds citizens of the free, accessible community testing site located at the Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Dr. E. in the parking lot just south of JCPenney. The testing site is for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (2 years of age or older), first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees and individuals who work in congregate settings. The testing site is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Testing is free, and no insurance or referral is required.

God bless, everyone.


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