Priority Neighborhood Small Business Fund

 As of December 30, 2020, the program is not accepting applications. Should this change, we will update this page accordingly. 


The Priority Neighborhood Small Business Fund (PNSBF) is a grant program dedicated to provide financial support to micro and small businesses located only within Denver's NEST neighborhoods. Denver Economic Development & Opportunity's (DEDO) division of Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST) has identified 10 neighborhoods experiencing rapid socio-economic changes and being at risk of involuntary displacement. They are: 

  • East Colfax
  • Globeville
  • Elyria-Swansea
  • Montbello
  • Northeast Park Hill
  • Sun Valley
  • Valverde
  • Villa Park
  • West Colfax
  • Westwood

This program is delivered in partnership with Mile High United Way, a trusted Denver nonprofit organization that is also a partner for the city's Small Business Emergency Relief Fund.

The grants aim to provide rapid and direct support to the smallest and most vulnerable businesses that have been hit the hardes by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that historically have not had access to traditional sources of business support. 

Program Details


  • Businesses with a 2019 annual revenue of $2 million or below located in one of the 10 NEST neighborhoods 
  • Businesses with no more than 25 employees
  • Businesses with at least a 25% decline in revenue this year as a result of COVID-19
  • Businesses registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and with a Certificate of Good Standing or Fact of Trade Name
  • Businesses who have not received COVID-19 related funding from the City and County of Denver


  • Businesses located outside the 10 NEST neighborhoods
  • Businesses that have previously received funding from DEDO


Businesses can receive a grant up to a maximum of $7,500, not to exceed 60% of their COVID-19 related revenue loss.


 Applications for the third round of funding are open until Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. Grant awardees are expected to be announced the week of December 14.


Fill out the below intake form. If eligible for the PNSBF program, you will be invited to submit a formal grant application. Upon completion and submittal of the application, program staff will review and verify the information provided.

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