On May 18, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 070, the CARES Act, to establish the Coronavirus Relief fund. Through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) this fund will reimburse costs to Counties, Municipalities and Special Districts for:
1. necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (COVID-19 emergency);
2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State; and
3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.
Local Government CVRF Committee
CVRF Allocation Amounts
Total amount of funds available $275,000,000
Distribution to Counties and Municipalities - $219,120,000
Distribution to Special Districts - $27,390,000
Reserve - $27,390,000
DOLA administrative costs (.4%) - $1,100,000
Funding Period: March 1, 2020 - December 30, 2020
Opt-in Period: June 3 through July 7, 2020
All Colorado counties, municipalities, and special districts with the exception of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso and Jefferson Counties and the municipalities within those counties.
Grants Portal Access
To submit and application for the Reserve Fund, use the Grants portal below. The CVRF Reserve set-aside is open to all counties, municipalities and eligible special districts. Requests for funds may be for any amount and must demonstrate need specific to the rating criteria. The Reserve Fund set-aside is a discretionary grant cycle and all applications will be rated using the rating criteria. Funding decisions are at the discretion of the DOLA executive director.
How to Request for Reimbursement
Grants Instructional Videos
Eligible Spending Resources
US Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance (Sept. 2, 2020)
US Treasury Frequently Asked Questions (Oct. 19, 2020)
The CARES Act - U.S. Dept. of Treasury
Learn more about Federal Funding and Grants
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Requirements: The Act
Single Audit - Title 2 Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR § 200.102)
Single Audit Requirement - DOLA Instructional Video
Pass-Through Entities - Instructional Video
FFATA Reporting Requirements - Instructional Video
For questions and technical assistance please call Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government, Field Services Team’s Regional Manager for your region.