Thornton Start Up Grant

The Thornton Start Up Grant is designed to assist small business owners with starting, relocating, or expanding their business (to a larger or 2nd location), anywhere in the city of Thornton. The intention of the program is to rebuild and sustain our economy from the impact of COVID. City Council would like to attract new and unique businesses and services to the Thornton community, while supporting the growth of a small business owner or start up with a concept or idea by bringing it to reality. The intention of the grant is to help those most in need.

If you have been in operation for less than 2 years, please contact the Alliance Business Assistance Center to schedule a time to meet with one of our staff, 720.674.6547. You will be required to submit a business plan with your application and participate in our Business Start Up counseling sessions.

Applicants must be:

  • The business must be new to the city of Thornton, or be an existing Thornton business owner who is expanding to a new address and location in the city of Thornton. (If Certificate of Occupancy has been issued, it must have been issued within 6 months of the date you submit your completed application.)
  • Locating in non-residential zoning designations, not on public property.
  • In compliance with all government fees and taxes, licensing, and applicable laws and ordinances.
  • INELIGIBLE FOR THE GRANT: Non-profits, marijuana related businesses, pawn shops, bail bonds money lending, used car lots, and check cashing businesses, liquor stores, adult oriented in nature businesses, religious institutions, and residential living facilities.

Applications are accepted January 2023 through October 31, 2023. Grants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until funding is gone.

Please review ALL attachments prior to applying. If you have additional questions, contact the Alliance Business Assistance Center at 720-927-5246 or

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Download 2023 Thornton Start Up Grant - Application

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