Town businesses can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 from “The Lyons Share,” a venture of the Lyons Community Foundation(LCF) and the St. Vrain Market. The two have teamed up to provide $20,000 in grants. Channel 4 in Denver featured the effort on a broadcast this past Tuesday.
The market has been open during the novel coronavirus shut down, and has experienced an uptick in business revenue from Lyons residents and those in surrounding mountain communities. Owners Neil Sullivan and Lyons Mayor Connie Sullivan reached out to the LCF to provide $10,000 for the grants. According to Kristen Bruckner, spokesperson for the LCF, “the Lyons Share fund is designed to provide immediate economic aid to local small businesses.”
The St. Vrain Market will continue to provide some funding along with donations from the community to help Lyons businesses during the economic uncertainty of the next few months. The grants will be available to businesses licensed in town. The application deadline is Monday, April 20.
On another financial aid front, the Town of Lyons Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Committee has loaned out virtually all of the $85,000 it had available for local businesses in less than a month. More funding is being sought.