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2015 Gypsum Busness Grant Opportunities

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The town of Gypsum is set on helping its businesses grow and the town’s leaders continue to back up that vision with cold, hard cash.

Gypsum rolled out its annual Business Grant Program for 2015. In short, leaders in Gypsum want to help out smaller businesses that chose to operate in the community.

If you are a business owner in Gypsum: Are you considering expanding your business in order to grow? Would you like to make improvements to your business to gain more customers? Have you wanted to enhance your business site to draw in new customers? If so, the Gypsum Business Grant may meet your needs.

“The mayor and town council want anyone who locates a business in Gypsum to be successful,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. “If a small grant like this can help draw in more customers, add a couple of new jobs, make things run more efficiently, then we are behind it.”

The town debuted the business grant program in 2013 and the first awards went to Wine or Wort Brewing Supply, Axis Sports Medicine and Old Gypsum Printer. One of last year’s recipients was the Garden Center of Gypsum.

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“The goal of the program is to increase the success of local businesses by creating improvements directed towards economic development,” said Lana Gallegos, senior planner for the town. “This could either be in the form of exterior improvements making the business more attractive to shop at, or expansion of businesses that would increase product/service sales, additional employees and such.” She cited remodels, improved landscaping, additional equipment or construction of outdoor sitting/eating areas as examples. The community of Silverthorne has also successfully operated a similar grant program.

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000, however, applications in excess of $10,000 may be considered for projects that provide exceptional benefit. Grant requests that include matching funds from a business will generally be given preference in the review process as the town values a shared investment in economic development projects.

The 2015 Gypsum Business Grant Program application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Applications are available at http://www.townofgypsum.com and Gypsum Town Hall, 50 Lundgren Blvd, Gypsum Colorado 81637.

Applicants are required to review their proposed projects with town staff prior to application submission to gain an understanding of any town codes that may be relevant to a particular project. Completed applications can be sent to lana@townofgypsum.com or Gypsum Business Grant Program, PO Box 130, Gypsum, CO 81637.

Representatives from the Gypsum Economic Development Advisory Committee (GEDAC) will review all grant applications and provide funding recommendations to the Gypsum Town Council for final determination.

Grant awards will be announced no later than June 1. Questions regarding the Town of Gypsum Business Grant Program can be directed to Lana Gallegos at 970-524-1729.

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