Pikes Peak United Way Offering Assistance To Flood-Affected Businesses

Flooding in Manitou Springs

Business owners in Manitou Springs say they lost thousands of dollars in sales after a series of floods last summer ravaged the community.

Each time the rain came, businesses had to close their doors to clean up flood damage. Some shop owners found themselves doing this repeatedly. In some cases, businesses had to close the doors for good. The ones who remain open say the last several months have been a struggle.

Flooding damaged or destroyed homes, buildings, utility lines and roads.

The Pikes Peak United Way is stepping in to help, making available to businesses money from a $100,000 grant. Businesses with between two and 100 employees that were open in Manitou Springs at least six month prior to September 2013 are eligible.

Other criteria include:

* Maintain a current status on state and federal taxes and is in good standing in Colorado and the state of formation, if different
* Demonstrate impact by the flood and the need for assistance in order for business to return to viability

All a business needs to do to apply for a grant is contact the United Way by letter or by email:

Mail: Pikes Peak United Way
Attn: Manitou Springs Small Business Flood Recovery Fund, 518 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1106

Email: josh@ppunitedway.org

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on June 6.

For additional information, call Josh Gates at 955-0756.