Mayor Radloff and the Castle Pines City Council issued grants to 21 businesses totaling over $345,000 to assist them in staying afloat during this critical holiday revenue period. Most businesses receive a significant portion of their annual revenue during this time. Last month, Douglas County was put in Level Red, forcing a reduction in building occupancy and closing restaurants for indoor dining.
“Our businesses responded early in the pandemic to allow customers a safe experience and have demonstrated incredible resiliency since March,” said Mayor Radloff. “These grants are just a part of the success of our business’s ability to survive. The Council and I are grateful for the community’s loyal and continued support of our local businesses.”
The City created three different grant opportunities to address specific areas. The first was a housing, food, and financial assistance; the second, small business assistance; and finally, outdoor dining assistance. Mayor Radloff, Councilmember Hudson, and City Staff Members evaluated the applications received and awarded funds based on the demonstrated cost of employment or business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the business grant program, Mayor Radloff and Castle Pines staff worked with the Douglas County Commissioners and other Front Range Mayors on the County’s 5-star Program. This program allows certified businesses to seek a variance that would allow increased occupancy one level lower than current COVID-19 levels specify.
“The grant opportunities and the 5-star Program were all critical in keeping our business community solvent and able to weather the current restrictions,” said Mayor Radloff. “With the support of the City Council and the response from our City Staff, we were able to put these programs into place quickly and get funds and support to those who needed it.”
“Thank goodness for our local Castle Pines businesses! Without their tireless determination to remain open, serve their customers safely, and continued effort to employ their staffs, 2020 would have been much darker for our residents,” said Castle Pines City Councilmember Roger Hudson. “While these small business grants won’t make up for the financial hardships these businesses suffered in 2020, we hope that they will assist in a strong recovery in 2021.”
The deadline for application was December 29, and notification of awards were sent out later that evening. The appreciation and support of the community and City were immediate and direct.
“I do not have the words to express how grateful we are to you, the Mayor, and the City Council for this grant. In a year of everything going wrong, you’ve had our back. We are so happy and proud to be part of this city and will do everything we can to assist you in keeping it great! Thank you,” said Neal Minarick of Duke’s Steak House.
“Thank you, thank you so much! I am at a loss for words to explain how grateful I am. This money will help my business over the next few months as we navigate these uncertain and incredibly stressful times. Now I can stress a little less and sleep a little better. I appreciate that the City of Castle Pines can help out its small businesses in our community. Hopefully, one day, I can return the favor,” said Dr. Bryan Rudiak of Canyon Ridge Chiropractic PC.
CP CARES Small Business Grant
The Bundt Shoppe
Canyon Ridge Chiropractic
Castle Pines Day Spa
Curl Up "N Dye
Green Earth Cleaners
The Berg Haus
Castle Pines Orthodontics
CP North Cleaners
New York Nails
Golden Flames Hot Wings
CP Cares General Assistance Grant
One individual received financial assistance.
CP Cares Outdoor Dining Grant
The Berg Haus