​Coronavirus Relief Funds

The City of Thornton received just over $11 million from Adam County as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly called the CARES Act.  The Community Connections Division has been charged with distributing nearly $2 million to organizations that serve Thornton residents in the areas of food, subsistence payments, housing/shelter, and mental health services. Funds must be directed exclusively toward service to Thornton residents and must be used for necessary expenditures that are incurred due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

If your organization has already been approved to receive funding, congratulations!  The Community Connections team member working with you on your proposal will be happy to walk with you through next steps, including completing the Coronavirus Relief Funds Report which is due as soon as funds have been expended and no later than November 20, 2020.

Submitting a Report

To submit the Coronavirus Relief Funds Report, please click here and enter all information to the best of your knowledge. The report is due as soon as funds have been expended and no later than November 20, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Reporting

Is there an application?

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Will there be an agreement outlining the responsibilities of the nonprofits?

Yes. Each organization will need to sign and return a letter prepared by Thornton's Legal department. It outlines requirements, deadlines, and restrictions related to the organization’s use of the funds.

What the reporting requirements and deadlines?

Funds must be spent no later than November 13, 2020. Using the link provided above, organizations will need to submit a report as soon as funds have been spent and no later than November 20, 2020.

Use of Funds

Is there specific eligibility nonprofits should consider when serving Thornton residents?

Funds must exclusively serve residents of Thornton.

Thornton will utilize internal guidelines to make case-by-case decisions about each organization’s eligibility for funds, which include, for example, the organization's scope of service and population served (e.g. seniors, children, unhoused).

Which expenses are eligible?

All funds must be used for necessary expenditures that are incurred due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.  This may include, but is not limited to, personal protective equipment and other supplies intended to protect against the spread of COVID-19, and various forms of direct assistance to Thornton residents that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Reimbursement for necessary expenses that an organization incurred due to COVID-19 March 1, 2020 - November 13, 2020 may be eligible.

If you have specific questions, contact us.

Does money need to be returned if unspent by the organization by November 13, 2020?

Yes. Unspent funds must be received by Thornton no later than November 20, 2020. Instructions on returning unspent funds will be provided to organizations.


What requirements does the CARES Act impose on the use of the funds?
The CARES Act provides that payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund may only be used to cover costs that meet several criteria.  Important to your organization is that these funds can only be used to over costs that “are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19).”


Is there any federal guidance on how the funds must be spent?

Yes. The US Treasury Department has released two guidance documents interpreting the limitations imposed by the CARES Act, which can be found here and here. Please note, the federal government may update, supplement, or repeal guidance documents at any time.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Funding Amount
​Adams County Emergency Food Bank
​Almost Home
​Amazing Grace Community Church
​Clinica Family Health
​Cognitive Learning Center
​Community Reach Center
​Cold Weather Care
​Colorado Youth for a Change
Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Pantry​​$10,000
​Food for Hope
​Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church Food Bank
​Growing Home Food Bank
Healthy Farmer's Market (American Heart Association, Tri-County Health Department, Anythink Libraries, and City of Thornton)
​Hope House Colorado
​Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank
​Intervention, Inc.
​Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment
​LittleJohn Produce Box Project
​Maiker Housing Partners
​Mile High United Way
​Neighbor Outreach of Colorado Food Bank
​Northglenn Christian Church Food Bank
​Project Angel Heart
​Regis University (Counseling & Family Therapy)
​Richard Lambert Foundation Family Grief & Healing Center
​Senior Hub Market Night, Material Aid, & Meal Delivery
​Senior Hub Food Bank
​Thornton Community Food Bank
​Thrive Church Food Bank
​Thrive Church Lunch Program
​Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Bank