On Dec. 23, the City of Trinidad announced a $500,000 COVID-19 relief package that will span into 2021 in support of Trinidad businesses and residents who have been affected by the pandemic.
This follows up a $320,000 relief package the City rolled out in early Sept. that targeted local businesses.
“Despite our early hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 would not stretch into the new year, that does not seem to be the case,” said Wally Wallace the City of Trinidad Economic Development Coordinator in a press release.
The new Dec. funding supports businesses and residents struggling with the pandemic as Las Animas County reaches ‘level red’ on the statewide COVID-19 dial.
“As we continue to fight the battle and stop the spread of COVID-19, the Mayor and City Council members recognize the ongoing economic impact this pandemic is having on our economy,” said the City of Trinidad’s press release.
The Trinidad City Council is offering utility assistance and stimulus checks to qualifying Trinidad businesses and utility aid to Trinidad resident who have lost income because of the pandemic.
Business utility assistance and stimulus
“City Council is determined to support our local businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and is once again dedicating assistance from the City’s 2020 4th quarter marijuana tax revenue to a micro-grant and utility assistance program,” said the press release.
The City of Trinidad business grants will support locally owned businesses who have endured economic hardship because of the pandemic.
Businesses utility credits will be calculated based on their 12-month average utility cost.
From the average, a one-time credit equal to three months of average utilities will be applied to the business’s city utility account, credits will not exceed $1500 per month.
Additionally, a one-time $1,500 cash stimulus will be issued to any Trinidad business license holder in good standing who has remained open, unless otherwise directed to close through state or county health department order.
Resident COVID-19 utility relief
Residents of Trinidad that have lost employment or a primary source of income as a direct result of the pandemic are eligible for the City of Trinidad’s COVID-19 utility aid.
Individuals will receive a one-time credit worth $750 credited to the residents City of Trinidad utility account.
Individuals without local utility accounts will receive a $750 one-time cash stimulus.
Applications are open and preference will be given to applications received before Jan. 15, 2021. funds will be distributed within 30 days of selection.
“It is our hope that this support will help Trinidad’s business community and workforce make it through this challenging time. The City of Trinidad will continue to explore other ways that we may be able to support our local community during and beyond this current health crisis,” announced the press release.
Applications are available at City Hall on 135 N Animas Street or online at trinidad.co.gov/covid19businessrelief.