WestyRISE Results

WestyRISE Results

The WestyRISE initiative helped the Westminster community recover from the initial phases of the COVID-19 crisis by providing resources and programs specifically targeted toward Westminster economic resilience, including business grants, housing grants, outreach and supplies.

This page is dedicated to sharing the results and outcomes of the WestyRISE initiative, and how it benefited the Westminster business community, and the community at large.

WestyRISE Business Grant

Created to satisfy fixed costs stemming from monthly rental and mortgage payments

  • Total amount awarded: $1,343,946
  • Number of applications approved: 321
  • Average grant amount: $4,187
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WestyRISE and DINE Grant

Aided local restaurants and bars which had a decline in sales due to public health orders

  • Total amount awarded: $500,000
  • Number of applications approved: 60
  • Average grant amount: $7,750
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WestyRISE Winter Grant

Two rounds of grants were provided to businesses and restaurants 

  • Round #1: $654,694
    • 53 applications approved at an average amount of $12,352
  • Round  #2:  $500,000
    • 42 restaurant applications approved at an average amount of $11,600
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Small Business Stabilization Program

Created to provide local businesses with grants up to $35,000, dependent on business needs, for job retention; in partnership with Adams County’s Community & Economic Development Department

  • Applications approved = 48 (as of 12/30/21)
  • Average grant amount = $15,692
  • Amount awarded to date = $753,208
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Food Security Project

Daily, restaurant-prepared meals delivered to residents over the age of 60 who are struggling to put food on their tables

  • 9,102 meals
  • 200 Thanksgiving meals
  • 200 Christmas meals
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Market Night

Weekly food boxes distributed at a “Market Night” for families in need, including a $35 gift certificate to a Westminster restaurant

  • 9,441 grocery boxes with $35 gift card
  • 692 Thanksgiving grocery and restaurant gift cards
  • 800 Christmas meals
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WestyRISE Above Housing Assistance Grants

Created to provide rent/mortgage assistance and prevent evictions and keep individuals housed

  • Maiker Housing Partners (Adams County): $258,000 assisted 64 households
  • Foothills Regional Housing (Jefferson County): $230,000 assisted  81 households
  • Additional $220,000 in grants and assistance to Growing Home, Human Services Board, and Westminster Legacy Foundation
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WestyRISE Face Coverings Inititative

Westminster City Council passed a resolution to procure and distribute cloth face coverings for free to Westminster businesses

  • A total of 30,000 face coverings were distributed to 164 total businesses
    • 22,150 face coverings distributed to 116 Adams County businesses
    • 7,850 face coverings distributed to 48 Jefferson County businesses
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Utility Bill Assistance Grant

COVID-19 water bill assistance expanded from $50 to $100 due to funds from the Federal CARES Act

  • Total applications approved: 498
  • Total amount of funds paid out: $49,800
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WestyRISE Care Calls

Created to reach out to our businesses community and inquire about COVID-19 related needs

  • 6,000 calls made in April and November
  • 22 volunteers who dedicated 6 weeks to the effort
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WestyRISE Small Business Trainings

Specialized Small Business Trainings

  • Free quarterly trainings to help support our small businesses
  • For COVID-19 recovery, and beyond
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