Join the Parade at the Black Forest Festival Saturday, August 15!

The annual Black Forest Festival held by the Black Forest Community Club (BFCC) will be August 15, 2015.  We invite and encourage you to enter the Parade which begins at 10:30am (bfparade2015@aol.com or call (719)440-1095).  This year’s festival theme is “Black Forest Treasures” – chosen to celebrate the beauty of life in the Forest and to affirm that many of the reasons for living here still hold true post-fire.  We will highlight our local treasures including:  our artists and craftsmen, our businesses, our love for animals, and our homegrown entertainment.  At 1:00pm we will unveil the Fire Memorial with a very special ceremony with Governor John Hickenlooper as the featured speaker.  The Festival begins at 6:30am with a pancake breakfast and finishes at 3:00pm.  We invite and encourage you to enter the Parade which begins at 10:30am (bfparade2015@aol.com or call (719)440-1095).

Click here to go to BFCC Festival webpage

Vote for the Keeper of the Keys Now

Go to the Black Forest Community Club website to learn about the nominees.

Updated Book Mobile Schedule

The Book Mobile is no longer stopping at the School in the Woods due to summer holidays.  It will be at Shoup and Black Forest Roads on Mondays from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:15pm to 4:30pm.  The Book Mobile will be back at the School in the Woods on August 17th.

2013 Post-Fire Flooding Unmet Needs

If you have unmet needs from the September 2013 post-fire flooding in El Paso County, contact Denver Catholic Charities at (844)531-2345 for possible assistance.

New help is available for fire-affected businesses

New grant funding is available to help businesses and non-profits that were impacted by the Black Forest Fire, or by the floods of September 2013.

The Recover Colorado Business Grant and Loan program has received a second round of funding to meet needs that have not been addressed through other sources of public and private assistance (such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration).

Applications for this program are now available. The application deadline is July 31, 2015.

If business owners were not able to qualify for earlier help from this program, they may qualify now. Two important changes and process improvements have been made for the second round of Recover Colorado Grants and Loans:

  • The minimum annual revenue eligibility requirement has been lowered to $15,000 per year for all businesses. This lower requirement will be retroactively applied to all applicants, including existing applicants from the first round.
  • The requirement that businesses have applied for other forms of assistance before applying for CDBG-DR funds has been eliminated. The elimination of this requirement will be retroactively applied to all applicants, including existing applicants still being processed from the first round.

The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing free services to help business owners take advantage of this opportunity. SBDC staff will work one-on-one with business owners to confirm if they are eligible, and assist with the application process and follow-up documentation.

There are two ways for interested business owners to get more information about this program:

Black Forest Discount Cards Still Available

The BFT Discount Card is a win-win way to help Black Forest families and local businesses recover together. Our families get a price break on the things they need to rebuild their homes and restore their land. And businesses – especially our local Black Forest businesses – get a valuable opportunity to showcase their products or services. Click here to see the current list of participating businesses.