Creative juices

Need help launching your great American masterpiece? Durango’s newly minted Creative District can help fuel your creative spark.

The District has received $50,000 for a revolving Creative Loan Fund to be deployed to local creatives in 2020. The funds came from a joint partnership of the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program and the 1st SouthWest Community Fund. The goal of this partnership is to support creative entrepreneurs and organizations and provide them greater access to capital, whether they are just starting out or looking to grow.

Those interested in tapping into their creative sides – and the funds – can fill out a simple twostep online application. Applicants must be aligned with the Durango Creative District's mission to expand the local creative economy and can apply for $5000-$10,000 each. Funds cannot be used to purchase property or pay rent but can be used for things such as building improvements, signage, tools and materials, equipment, and operational expenses.

To fill out an application or learn more, go to: durangocreativedistrict.org/loanfund.

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