To support counties and regions to continue to strengthen their public health and health care infrastructure and move toward Protect Our Neighbors, the state is making additional federal CARES Act funding available to local public health agencies.
Local public health agencies can apply for a Planning Grant of up to $50,000. These funds can be used to engage consultants, community partners, and finance community engagement efforts such as listening and planning sessions with communities impacted by and at increased risk of COVID-19.
If counties have already engaged with impacted communities, completed needs assessments and planning activities and identified infrastructure needs they may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grant. These grants will require local matching funds and can be spent on investments such as technology, community resource coordination, communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders, funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers, and enhanced prevention and containment efforts. Maximum awards for Infrastructure Grants will be $150,000 state share with local counties providing up to $150,000 in matching funds for a total of $300,000.
Who Can Apply?
Planning Grants: Applications may be submitted by any local public health agency. If local public health agencies plan to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors as a region, each local public health agency in the region may still apply independently for Planning Grants.
Infrastructure Strengthening Grants: Local public health agencies or regions that have completed community engagement, needs assessments and other similar planning activities may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grants. If local public health agencies have requested to move to Protect Our Neighbors as a region, the region must apply together for an Infrastructure Strengthening Grant.
How are Awards Decided?
Grant approval will be determined by an Award Committee convened by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The committee will include state agency staff and external stakeholders with subject matter expertise in public health, health equity and community engagement.
Applications accepted started July 10, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Applications received by close of business each Friday will be reviewed the next week and award decisions will be made by the following Monday. For example, if an application is submitted on July 17, it will be reviewed the week of July 20 and a final decision will be announced by July 27.
All Planning Grant funds must be spent within 90 of the award date and no later than December 30, 2020.
All Infrastructure Strengthening Grant funds must be spent by December 30, 2020.