The following bills passed the legislature during the Special Session and are on the way to Governor Polis, he is expected to sign all bills. I just thought I would share this information with you. If your organization applies for any of these grants, our department will write a letter of support for your organization.
Special Session Accomplishments
Small Business Relief
SB 20B-001 provides $57 million in direct relief to small and minority-owned businesses and arts organizations.
SB 20B-002 and SB20B-003 provide $60 million in housing and utility assistance for families to pay rent/utilities, avoid foreclosure, or use as eviction legal defense.
HB 20B-1002 provides $45 million in funding to support child care providers, keeping thousands of providers open for families.
Broadband for Education
HB 20B-1001 expands internet access for remote learning through $20 million worth of grants
Food Pantry & Unemployment Benefits
HB 20B-1003 provides $5 million for food pantries across the state to help feed families during the holiday and winter months. Further, the legislature took emergency action to extend unemployment benefits for thousands of workers.
COVID-19 Emergency Response
SB20B-004 allocates $100 million towards COVID-19 emergency response, including for expanded testing and medical care sites.