Economic Recovery Resources

Small Business & Non-Profit Resources  | Chambers of Commerce City Updates & Resources  |  Community/ Student Resources  |  Educational Opportunities  |  Employment & Job Search Resources  |  Resources for The Arts & Freelance Creatives  |  Volunteer Opportunities

This resource page is created by RRCC's The HUB: Center for Engagement and Innovation.


Small Business & Non-Profit Resources

City of Lakewood COVID-19 Non-Profit Impact Grant
The City of Lakewood is offering an emergency grant opportunity to assist nonprofit organizations that serve Lakewood residents.

Colorado Small Business Development Center
COVID-19 Colorado small business response resources. 

Choose Colorado
The following resources are available to support small business, nonprofits, freelance, and independent contractors. Industry specific resources for:

  • Tourism
  • Arts and Creative Industries
  • Film, Media, and Television
  • Outdoor Recreation Industry: COVID-19 Initial Impact Assessment
  • Manufacturers 
  • USDA Farmers
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Healthcare: FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Colorado Farm & Food Systems
Support farmers and ranchers actively responding to changing market opportunities and food security challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Colorado Guidelines for Businesses During COVID-19
Safer-at-Home Colorado guidlines for businesses. 

Jeffco Economic Development Corporation
Federal, State and local resources to support the business community.

Jeffco Hope Fund from Community First Foundation
Community First Foundation has created this rapid response fund to strengthen and stablize Jeffco community organizations responding to and impacted by COVID-19.  

PayPal Paycheck Protection Program
Aid for PayPal merchants through the SBA PPP. 

Red Backpack Fund
Support for female owned businesses. Multiple rounds of applications.

SBA Economic Injuring Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
A loan advance that provides $10,000 economic relief to businesses. 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
SBA loans that help businesses keep their workforce employed during COVID-19
Find an Eligible SBA Paycheck Protection Program Lenders

SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Reponse Resources
Colorado SBDC network list of resources to help businesses who have been affected by COVID-19. 

Small Business Financing and Cash Opportunties During COVID Measures Spreadsheet
Extensive Google Spreadsheet listing national and statewide resources for small businesses.


Chambers of Commerce

Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Strategies, events, and Iinformation to help every arvada business.

Conifer Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 resources

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Guide during COVID-19

Golden Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Updates

West Metro Chamber COVID-19 resources
Information for finding opportunities for small businesses.


City Updates & Resources

Arvada COVID-19 Resources

Conifer COVID-19 Business Resources

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Resources

Golden COVID-19 Information 

Lakewood COVID-19 Resources 

Westminster Economic Development Resources

Wheat Ridge COVID-19 Resources 


Educational Opportunities

Virtual Information Sessions for Red Rocks Community College
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all throughout summer.
PDF Flyer on How to Join Weekly RRCC Information Sessions

Amazon's Small Business Academy
Free for local businesses but registration required.
Contact John Dunsmoor for discount code.

COVID-19 in Colorado: A Virtual Converstation Series
"Join the Institute for Science & Policy, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), and Colorado School of Public Health every Monday at 8:30am MT for a free webinar, each bringing a new expert perspective to the COVID-19 challenge."
Recordings and recaps are posted 24-36 hours after live broadcast. 

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Health COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course
Five-hour course that teaches the science of SARS-CoV-2 and how contact tracing is done. Course covers building a rapport of cases, indentifying contacts, ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and identifying/ overcoming barriers with contact tracing. 

RRCC Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program
Webex Info Sesions throughout the summer. 
Email MaryAnn Tillman for registration information. 

RRCC Engineering Academy
This Red Rocks Community College two-year transfer program that prepares students with the same rigor found at more expensive four-year institutions. 
Engineering Academy Info Sesion - POSTPONED. Please register for upcoming events. 

My Colorado Journey
For job seekers, students, career navigators and counselors.

Tool to appeal your financial aid package (at any institution). 


Employment & Job Search Resources 

Arvada Campus Career Services
Dan Macy provides career counseling and resources in addition to his Health Sciences advising. 

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Unemployment
Unemployment information for the state of Colorado. 

Connecting Colorado
Colorado jobs database. 

JeffCo Business & Workforce Center 

Healthcare jobs
Healthcare facilities with staffing shortages.

My Colorado Journey
For job seekers, students, career navigators and counselors.

New resource to help job seekers, career coaches, and employers. 

RRCC Career Services Center
Students can get help with job-search skills, career coaching, career assessments, or help with resume or cover letters. Students can also find information on internships, apprenticeships, research opportunities, and how to receive college credit for these types of opportunities.

Resume Optimizer
Free tool by Emsi to optimize your resume based on the job you are looking for.


Resources for The Arts & Freelance Creatives

General | Authors | County (CO) Specific | Graphic Designers | Performing Arts | Photographers 


General Arts:

Adolph & Esther Emergency Grant
Emergency grants for artists with no deadline for applications. Some delays may occur though. 

Arts Education Partnership COVID-19 Resources
AEP partner resources for serving the arts education field during COVID-19. 

Artist Relief Fund
COVID-19 support for artists created by a coalition of national arts grantmakers. Emergency initiative for financial and informational resources to artists. 

Artist Relief Tree (waiting list)

Artists' Charitable Fund
Medical expense help only for artists.

Artists Fellowship Emergency Aid Resources
Extensive list of emergency resources for artists. 

Artwork Archive Financial Relief List
Extensive list of financial relief resources for artists during COVID-19. 

CBCA Resources to Support the Arts During COVID-19

Colorado Artist Relief Fund
Colorado arts organizations aiding in providing grants to individual Colorado artists. 

Colorado Businesss Community for the Arts
Support for artists during the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant
One-time payment relief to nonprofit arts organizations. 

CO CARES Act Grant
Relief funds to be awarded to nonprofit arts organizations during COVID-19.

Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Union's fund to support freelancers impacted by COVID-19

Kickstarter Resources for Artists during COVID-19
List of emergency grants, freelance resources, legal aid, and more.   

National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) - Actos de Confianza Micro-Grant

National Endowment for the Arts' CARES Act Grants
Funds to be awarded to noprofit arts organizations across the country during COVID-19 economic hardships. 

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources
List of organizations that are providing frequent updates, news, and resources for artists and the arts. 

NEA CARES Act Grants

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations 

New York Foundation for the Arts: Rauschengerg Emergency Grants

Patreon COVID-19 Response and Resources
COVID-19 relief fund (1st deadline has passes, creator workshops, creator communities, tips to use Patreon for businesses, & additional business resources. 

Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) COVID-19 Resources & Information



Authors League Fund

PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund


County (CO) Specific:

Boulder Creative Neighborhoods: COVID-19 Work Projects

Boulder County Arts Alliance: Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant

Denver Metro Area Artist Relief Fun

El Paso and Teller Counties COVID-19 Artist Recovery Fund

RiNo Arts Distric: RiNo Support Fund Micro-Grants

Santa Fe Art District COVID-19 Resources


Graphic Designers:

AIGA National COVID-19 Resources

AIGA Colorado COVID-19 Resources


Performing Arts:

Actors Fund

AGMA Actors Relief Fund

Casting Agencies Directory

Colorado Comedy Relief Fund

Dazzle Denver

Denver Actor Fund Emergency Artist Relief

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

The Upside Fund by Lindsey Stirling

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Northern Colorado Music Community: NoCo Music Relief Fund

Rocky Mountain Music Relief Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund



ASMP National COVID-19 Info

ASMP Colorado COVID-19 Resources

Format Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19


Ways to Help During Pandemic

Athena Project
Fasion in Action Masks project with Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD). 

Help Colorado Now
Join #DoingMyPartCO to volunteer, donate, or support. 

Jeffco Eats
Open opportunities to aid in providing food to kids.
Makers, designers, educators, and healcare professionals coming together to make and distrubute PPE for front line workers. RRCC's IDEA Lab students have been 3D printing ventilator parts and face shield parts. Join the IDEA Lab team on make4covid. 

Rock The Mask for RRCC Project 
RRCC is committed to combating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping its community safe. In an effort to make sure we are doing all we can for the students, faculty and staff at RRCC, we are launching the Rock the Mask for RRCC Project. The project has some funding support from donors and the RRCC Foundation to help us reach our goal of sewing 5000 masks for our campus community by August 1.
We are looking for volunteers to help us reach our goal. Several campus programs and departments are already hard at work. Trefny Honors and the Theater Arts & Dance department are putting their sewing skills to the test. But we need your help! Please fill out the following form if you are interested in helping out – either with sewing, funding or providing materials. After signing up, you will receive sewing and delivery instructions.

Spark the Change Colorado
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise across the state and the nation, Spark the Change Colorado hopes to be a resource for volunteer organizations and volunteers alike. Check back to this page for resources and updates on how to keep yourself and volunteers healthy and safe.