COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Settings RFA

Last updated May 12, 2022.

A Request for Applications (RFA) is used to award grants to promote specific program goals. An organization (in this case, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) announces that grant funding is available, and eligible organizations may apply for it. The purpose of this CDPHE RFA is to support COVID-19 detection and mitigation in county jails and Tribal confinement facilities in Colorado.


Organizations that may apply for funding must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Colorado county jail housing an adult population.
    • C.R.S. 17-1-102 defines “local jail” as “a jail or an adult detention center of a county or city and county”. 
    • City jails, police department jails, and community corrections facilities are not eligible for this RFA.
    • County jails that receive federal funding may be eligible; this includes county jails that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or the U.S. Marshals Service. Facilities that are federally owned and operated are not eligible.
  • Tribal “confinement facility,” defined by CDC as including “adult prisons and jails; juvenile confinement facilities; police lock ups; and community confinement facilities as defined by 28 CFR § 115.5” within Colorado.
    • Facilities that receive federal funding may be eligible. Facilities that are federally owned and operated are not eligible.

COVID-19 detection and mitigation activities that this RFA may be used to support 

  • Implementing COVID-19 testing programs for residents, staff, and/or visitors.  
  • Conducting COVID-19 contact tracing within the facility.
  • Implementing recommended COVID-19 infection prevention and control policies and practices for residents, staff, and/or visitors.
  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfection practices within the facility. 
  • Educating and training facility staff and/or residents on minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Developing a written infectious disease preparedness and response plan for the facility. 
  • Implementing strategies to meet resident needs resulting from COVID-19-related restricted mobility and/or access to the facility, while minimizing opportunities for COVID-19 exposure.

Note: This RFA does not support funding for vaccination or clinical care, including COVID-19 treatments.

Approximately $4.5 million is available for this RFA, and CDPHE anticipates awarding up to 66 grants. The maximum award amount that may be requested at this time is $200,000; however, the actual amount awarded may vary based on the number of qualified applications. Each contract will be effective upon approval by the State Controller through July 31, 2023. All aspects of the project are dependent upon funding availability. 


Important dates 

  • Pre-Application Informational Webinar for Tribal Confinement Facilities: May 2, 1 - 2 p.m. (MDT)
  • Pre-Application Informational Webinar for County Jails: May 4, Noon - 1 p.m. (MDT)
  • Deadline for applicants to submit inquiries: May 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. (MDT)
  • Application submission deadline: May 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. (MDT)