Are you a small business looking for funding assistance? Recovery grant program for small businesses and nonprofits.

Thornton Recovery Grant Program


The Recovery Grant window application has closed! Applicants will be notified by early December at the latest of their application status.

Selection Committee
Interestested in serving on the business or nonprofit selection committee? Please fill out the linked forms below! The time commitment are the meetings and a few hours to score the applications. All meetings are at City Hall (9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton). The deadline to apply is September 14, 2023. 

  1. Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30-6:30pm
  2. Tuesday, September 26 from 5:15-7pm
  3. Tuesday, October 10 from 5:15-7pm

  1. Monday, September 18 from 5-6pm
  2. Monday, September 25 from 5-6:30pm
  3. Tuesday, October 10 from 9-11am

Q&A Sessions/Office Hours

Business Q&A Sessions

  1. Spanish session on Monday, September 11, 3:30-5:30pm at the Alliance Business Center. Drop by anytime. Sign up here

About this Program

The Thornton Recovery Grant Program is designed to help provide financial support for Thornton businesses and nonprofits that support residents that have been impacted by the pandemic. It first launched in 2022, and awarded $645,683 to 16 nonprofits and 33 businesses. In the second round in 2023, $278,758 was awarded to 8 businesses and 4 nonprofits. The third and final round was open from July 19 to September 20, 2023. More than $700k was available in this final round. 

Thornton's City Council directed staff to explore a Thornton recovery grant program during their Strategic Planning Conference (SPC) in April. Council approved the program in May with some general guidelines. Business applicants must be businesses located in Thornton that have fewer than 125 employees. Applicants can have a maximum of three locations in Thornton, and they must submit all locations as one application. This includes franchises. This grant program can support a broad range of activities, including but not limited to capital projects and equipment, hiring and retention such as payroll expenses if one-time costs or can be self-sustaining in the future, marketing, technology, etc.

In 2022, grant applications were posted and opened up on June 27, 2022. The deadline to apply was August 8, 2022. In 2023, grant applications were posted and opened up on February 17, 2023. The deadline to apply was April 7, 2023.

Ineligible businesses include marijuana related businesses, businesses that practice predatory lending, multi-level marketing businesses, speculation-based businesses (gambling included), and businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities.