On May 28, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 070, the CARES Act, to establish the Coronavirus Relief fund. On December 30, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 295, amending the CARES Act, to extend the deadline for expenditure until December 31, 2021.
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 31, 2021.
Funding and Distribution
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
Updated Funding Period: March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021
CVRF Allocation Amounts
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.
- Local Government CVRF Committee Meetings
IRS Tax Information for CARES Act
DOLA does not provide tax guidance; reach out to the IRS with additional questions. This document includes information links and phone numbers for the IRS.
Federal Monitoring and Compliance Resources
Eligible Spending Resources
Guidance Revision Regarding Costs Incurred (December 14, 2021)
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
For local governments with questions please call Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government, Field Services Team’s Regional Manager for your region.