COVID-19 Health Equity and Immunization Funding Opportunity RFA #40624

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Important update: Health Disparities Grant Funding has been extended to May 31, 2024

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. Funding under RFA #40624 specifically supports the following goals:

  • Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among disproportionately affected populations. 

  • Build, leverage, and expand support for COVID-19 prevention.

  • Advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities.

  • Increase COVID-19 vaccination capacity across the jurisdiction, including among high-risk and underserved populations.

  • Ensure high-quality and safe administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Ensure equitable distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Increase vaccine confidence through education, outreach, and partnerships.

  • Develop and implement community engagement strategies to promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

  • Support high vaccination uptake in Tribal nations.

There are 4 program areas to support the funding goals. Applicants may apply to more than one program area. Refer to RFA #40624 for more information and detailed instructions. There are no set award amounts or maximums. Submit a funding request that is appropriate for your agency needs. 


Community Engagement Program (CEP)

This program funds projects/activities that use authentic community engagement practices to gather community input on population-specific assets and needs related to health equity and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community Health Navigators Program (CHNP)

This program provides support for community health navigators to do vaccine outreach, patient education, and health system navigation. 


Healthy Communities Program (HCP)

This program funds activities focused on community resilience related to the social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19's impact on communities. 

Health Equity Immunization Events Program (HEIEP)

The goal of this program is to improve vaccine education, outreach, access, and administration in communities. 



Applicants must be Colorado-based.


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

Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Non profit organizations, in good standing with the IRS and the State of Colorado

  • Community-based and grassroots-based organizations

  • Federally recognized Native American Tribes in Colorado, or a nonprofit organization providing services to eligible Tribes on a reservation or federally recognized Tribal land with a letter of support from the applicable Tribal council

  • Community health centers/rural health centers/safety net clinics/federally qualified health centers

  • Congregate settings: senior and assisted living housing, prisons/jails, shelters, etc.

  • Healthcare organizations

  • Governmental agencies

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Education institutions: K-12 schools for programming (research is not eligible)

  • Public agencies: city councils, city and county departments, and Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs)

    • (Note: Agencies that have already received funding from CDPHE or CDC for the same work cannot apply. LPHAs that are interested in receiving funds under this program must demonstrate that other COVID-19 relief funds they have access to do not cover the proposed activities.)

  • Organizations that have fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3)


Funding priority areas


Organizations or groups that currently work in and have strong relationships in the communities for which funds are requested will be prioritized and:
  • Minority and historically underserved communities of color;

  • People with low-socioeconomic status;

  • Older adults;

  • Lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer, or questioning individuals;

  • Transgender, non-binary, and other gender nonconforming individuals;

  • People with disabilities;

  • Members of immigrant and refugee communities;

  • People experiencing homelessness;

  • Community-based, grassroots-based organizations and groups;

  • Rural and/or geographically isolated areas;

  • Culturally and linguistically responsive programs, services, and/or events;

  • Organizations that engage the target community to inform the programs, services, and/or events that will be provided and/or engaged in leadership roles in the organization.


Important dates

The application period for this RFA opportunity will open August 1, 2022. Applications are accepted multiple times throughout the year until January 31, 2024. The application periods are:

Estimated application open date
Estimated application submission due date
Funding source

September 1, 2022

September 30, 2022


October 3, 2022

October 31, 2022


January 2, 2023

January 31, 2023


April 3, 2023

April 28, 2023


July 3, 2023

July 31, 2023


October 2, 2023

October 31, 2023


January 2, 2024

January 31, 2024



  • Health Disparities Grant funding has been extended to May 31,2024. The following items have been updated:

    • RFA Page 1: Application due date table updated

    • RFA Page 3: Project/budget period updated

    • RFA Page 4: Funding period updated  

    • RFA Page 8: Funding application due date table updated

    • RFA Page 9, section a and e: dates updated

  • Exhibit A: Final_Summary of Health Equity Funding Mechanisms was updated on November 8th, 2022:

    • Guidance was updated for local public health agencies (LPHAs) under Health Equity Immunization Events 

  • RFA #40624 was updated on October 19th, 2022:

    • Page 24: Updated “Estimated Notice of Award” from 35 days to 50 days

    • Page 24: Updated “Estimated Contract Effective Date” from 60 days to 75 days


Application materials


Grantee resources


Contact information 


Equity Specialists provide technical assistance during the application process and post award. If you would like help with your application, please contact us at 

For all inquiries about this grant program, including to get connected to an Equity Resource Specialist, please email