COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Sites Serving People Experiencing Homelessnesss - RFA


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 Colorado sites serving people experiencing homelessness.


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

  • Colorado site(s) serving people experiencing homelessness, including:
    • Emergency night shelters, day shelters, meal service sites, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, encampments, and other sites that provide services primarily to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Colorado local public health agencies (LPHAs)
COVID-19 detection and mitigation activities that this RFA may be used to support 
  • Implementing COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing for clients, staff, volunteers, and visitors of sites serving people experiencing homelessness, as well as people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.  
  • Supporting implementation of infection control practices in sites serving people experiencing homelessness 
  • Supporting sanitation and infectious disease prevention measures in encampments.
  • Supporting sites to implement distancing and decompression to reduce overcrowding.
  • Responding to outbreaks in shelters, service sites, and encampments for people experiencing homelessness, including supporting individual-level or location-based contact tracing.
  • Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve preparedness and response efforts at sites serving people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Supporting COVID-19 and infectious disease prevention communication and outreach specifically for people experiencing homelessness.

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

Approximately $750,000 is available for this RFA, and CDPHE anticipates awarding approximately 15 grants. The maximum award amount that may be requested at this time is $50,000. 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, 2024. All aspects of the project are dependent upon funding availability. 

Important dates: 
  • Pre-Application Informational Webinar for Sites Serving People Experiencing Homelessness and local public health agencies: October 26, 2022, 11 a.m. - noon (MDT)
  • Deadline for applicants to submit inquiries: November 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. (MDT)
    • Applicants may make written inquiries via email for clarification of RFA requirements . No inquiries will be accepted after this deadline. 
    • Email all inquiries to
    • Clearly identify your inquiries with:
      • RFA Number 41010.
      • RFA Title (COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Sites Serving People Experiencing Homelessness).
      • The section number and paragraph number the inquiry applies to.
  • Application deadline: November 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. (MDT)
  • Applications should be received electronically no later than this deadline.
  • Submit all application components (Attachments A through D for non-LPHA applicants or Attachments A through C for LPHA applicants) together by email to:  
  • The subject line of the email should state: RFA # 41010 Application (INSERT AGENCY NAME). 

This RFA is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1.4 million, with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents of this RFA are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government