Grants for Small Businesses Negatively Impacted by the Pandemic

One-time grants in the amount of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 will be awarded through a competitive application process to state licensed, non-home-based child care businesses located in Boulder.

Child Care Business Grants

(Note: Applications are now closed.) The City of Boulder has dedicated a portion of its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to provide grants for state licensed, non-home-based child care businesses, including women- and minority-owned businesses and 501(c)3 nonprofits, located in Boulder that continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants in the amount of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 will be awarded through a competitive application process. The Boulder ARPA Child Care Grant is in addition to ongoing support for child care providers and needs-based support for families with low incomes seeking child care provided through the city's Housing and Human Services department. The city is also planning for additional child care investments with ARPA funding.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on financial need, adaptation to changing business conditions, planned use of funds, intent to continue operation and other factors. Grant awards will be made until the $100,000 in funding for this program is exhausted. The number of grant applications may exceed available funding and it is possible that not all applicants will be awarded a grant.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed below and submit a complete application before 5 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022. The application is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be privately held
  • Have a physical (brick-and-mortar) presence located within Boulder city limits (home-based providers are not eligible for this grant)
  • Have a State of Colorado child care center license
  • Provide year-round child care
  • Have an active City of Boulder business license or proof of application (grants may be provisionally approved for businesses that have applied for a license; however, grants will only be awarded to businesses with a City of Boulder business license)
  • Be current on all City of Boulder utility and tax payments or on a payment plan with the city
  • Currently employ between 2 and 49 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (sole proprietors are not eligible for this grant)

Before you apply, please note you will need to provide the federal EIN (employer identification number) or Tax ID (tax identification number) for your business or your ITIN (individual taxpayer identification), your state child care license number(s) and your 8-digit City of Boulder business license number (or application confirmation number) on the grant application.

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to the lingering effects COVID-19 has had on our community and child care businesses, the City of Boulder has created a grant for child care businesses in Boulder to assist with business-related costs incurred due to the pandemic. Eligible businesses may qualify for one-time grants of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 through a competitive grant application process.

Applications for the Boulder ARPA Child Care Business Grant will be accepted from 8 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2022 through 5 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022.

State licensed, non-home-based child care businesses, including women- and minority-owned businesses and nonprofits, located within the city limits of Boulder that meet the following criteria are eligible for a grant award. However, funding for the program is limited and it is possible the number of applications may exceed available funding.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be privately held
  • Have a physical (brick-and-mortar) presence within the city limits of Boulder (home-based businesses not eligible)
  • Have a state child care center license
  • Provide year-round child care
  • Have an active City of Boulder license or proof of application (grants may be provisionally approved for businesses that have applied for a license; however, grants will only be awarded to businesses with a City of Boulder business license)
  • Be current on all City of Boulder utility and tax accounts or be on a payment plan with the city
  • Currently employ between 2 and 49 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (sole proprietors are not eligible)


Grant applications will be evaluated based on financial need, adaptation to changing business conditions, planned use of funds, intent to continue operation, child care services provided, status as a women- or minority-owned business, length of time operating in Boulder, described need and proposed use of funds as they relate to the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

Applicants will be notified by City of Boulder staff if they have been selected to receive a grant in early July. Grant payments are expected to be made by July 31.

Grant funds received through the Boulder ARPA Child Care Business Grant program do not have to be repaid. However, this grant source should be noted as income and all taxes associated with the acceptance and/or usage of grant awards are the sole responsibility of the grantee, and the grantee shall comply with all applicable federal, state, local laws, executive orders, rules, and regulations in connection with acceptance and/or usage of grant funds.

No. Grant awards will be made until the $100,000 in funding for this program is exhausted. The number of grant applications may exceed available funding and it is possible that not all applicants will be awarded a grant.

The Boulder ARPA Child Care Business Grant is not a first come, first served program. Rather, it is a competitive application process. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2022 through 5 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022. All applications submitted in completion, with all necessary documentation, will be equally evaluated by a local review panel.

Additional information may be requested from the applicant by city staff to confirm eligibility for the grant, and there may be additional communication with grant recipients to reflect federal reporting requirements.

All decisions of the grant application review panel will be final.

No. We encourage eligible businesses in need to apply even if they have already received other relief funding.

Uses of the funds will be determined by the applicant and are intended to help small child care businesses that have incurred economic loss or increased business expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with federal guidance, businesses that are awarded grants under this program should consider the awards taxable income, and there may be additional federal reporting requirements regarding the use of awarded funds.

No. All complete applications submitted on or before Monday, June 20, 2022 will be reviewed to determine eligibility and evaluated based on a scoring model that considers financial and other information provided by applicants including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business operations, financial need, intended use of funds, and other factors. Application scoring will determine the amount of awarded grants under this competitive grant opportunity. It is possible the number of eligible applications will exceed available funds, and not all applicants will receive grants.

Complete applications will require applicants to provide their City of Boulder business license number (or the application confirmation number in an email sent by the city upon receipt of a completed application for a business license). Applicants will also be required to provide the federal EIN (employer identification number) or Tax ID (taxpayer identification number) for their business or their ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) and a modest amount of financial and other business information.

Applicants will also be asked to provide information on the impacts of the pandemic on their business and proposed use of funding. Finally, the application will seek some information which will not be scored that will be used to understand the access to and use of other recovery-related funding programs. The application is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete.

Information provided on applications will remain confidential and will be used for eligibility confirmation and evaluation purposes only.

Yes. 501c3 organizations based in the city of Boulder are eligible to apply for a grant through this competitive grant program.

No. You cannot change your application once it has been submitted.

Grant applications will open 8 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2022 and close at 5 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022. Grant notifications and payments are expected to be made in July 2022.

Other Small Business Grants

The City of Boulder is partnering with Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), a nonprofit community financial institution, to offer grants to local businesses with 2 to 49 employees (sole proprietors and nonprofits are not eligible) that were established before Jan. 1, 2020 and meet other eligibility criteria. More information is available on the Boulder Small Business Grant webpage on the CEF website.

Information about other resources can be found on the city's COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.