Telluride Foundation Technical Assistance Innovation Awards Awards Aim to Provide Online Presence to Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Southwest, Colorado

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  • On December 7, 2020

Telluride, CO (November 30th, 2020) – The Telluride Foundation is excited to

announce the launch of the “Telluride Foundation Technical Assistance Innovation

Awards” on December 1, 2020. This grant program is in partnership with generous

donors from San Miguel County, Startup Colorado, First Southwest Community Fund,

and private donors of the Telluride Foundation.


The grant program is designed to enable small businesses and nonprofits

located in the Dolores, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel counties to create

or improve their online presence through websites, social media, or sales platforms.

The Technical Assistance Awards are grants up to $2,000 for businesses to help

develop a new website or Facebook page, create a new sales platform, or implement

another needed technology. The Telluride Foundation has thoroughly vetted marketing

service providers from the region, who applicants will be partnered with if awarded the

grant money.


The idea to bring this grant program to the southwest Colorado region

originated from data collected by the Telluride Foundation’s Small Business Impact

Survey that was administered in July. The survey discovered that, out of nearly 200

survey respondents, 75% of small businesses did not have or utilize any type of digital

presence for their business (website, Facebook page, etc.). Capital and Transaction

Advisor for the Telluride Foundation, Bonnie Watson, recognized the problem revealed

by the survey data immediately. “In places like Telluride, Norwood, and Naturita, for our

rural main streets to survive this pandemic, they have to have a digital presence,” said

Watson. “We know the community wants to support small businesses and hopefully

with this program, we can help them continue to generate revenue by creating a digital



The Technical Assistance Innovation Award program will launch on

December 1 st , and the application will be open until December 9th at 5:00 p.m. Small

businesses and nonprofits located in Dolores, Ouray, Montrose, San Juan, and San

Miguel counties are encouraged to apply. Award decisions will be made on December

16 th , and awardees will be notified by December 18th. If you would like to learn about

or apply for the grant program, please visit the Telluride Foundation Small Business

Technical Assistance Innovation Awards application here. Please, email Bonnie

Watson at bonnie.watson.colorado@gmail.com for questions about the grant program.


The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride and regional

community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. 2020 marks 20 years of

making more possible through the Telluride Foundation’s commitment to enrich the

quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region. The

Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that makes grants to

nonprofits, owns and operates programs that meet emerging and unmet community

needs, and makes investments. The Foundation approaches this work through the lens

of its core values of inclusion, self-reliance, and innovation. Its work is funded through

the generous support of individual donors as well as grants from state and national

foundations. The Foundation hopes the community will join it in celebrating its 20th

anniversary as it honors the nonprofits, donors, and community members who have all

partnered together to achieve a significant positive impact on the region. For more

information click on www.telluridefoundation.org.