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*UPDATE* NEW FUNDING PRIORITY CLARIFICATIONIn response to several inquiries about the eligibility of this funding to assist in pretrial release and/or supervision of accused offenders from jails and lockups, and to encourage jurisdictions to apply to enhance their release and supervision strategies, the deadline for this funding has been extended.

Further, in his March 25, 2020 GUIDANCE TO COUNTIES, MUNICIPALITIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AND DETENTION CENTERS, Governor Polis identified congregate housing facilities and detention centers as an emerging source of COVID-19 outbreaks.  Since that guidance was first released, the spread of COVID-19 among residents and staff of those facilities has continued. 

The guidance includes the following:  "Ensure all individuals held in custody in a detention center are held in a manner that allows social distancing whenever practicable, including through changes in how individuals are housed or reductions in detention center populations." 

Included among the funding priorities are:

  • Protections for Incarcerated people and staff working in those areas
  • Systems to track and support adults and/or juveniles released or diverted from incarceration
Therefore, applications that include strategies for the following purposes will be considered and are included as a priority funding area:
  • Systems to create or enhance pre-trial supervision for those released from jail or lockup to assist in the social distancing and other guidelines detailed in the Governor's March 25, 2020 guidance.
  • Systems to create or enhance screening processes used to determine eligibility for pretrial release.
  • Video and necessary equipment that can be used to expand bond hearings.
Jurisdictions are encouraged to apply for these purposes in order to reduce the impact of Coronavirus in jails and lockups. In order to ensure those who wish to apply based on this clarification, the funding deadline is extended to May 26. 
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Rejection of Proposals: The State of Colorado reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive informalities and minor irregularities in proposals received, and to accept any portion of the proposal or all items proposed, if deemed in the best interest of the State of Colorado to do so. Failure of the applicant to provide information requested in the application shall be the responsibility of the applicant agency, and may result in disqualification of the applicant. The fact that an applicant meets the eligibility requirements and applies for eligible services, does not guarantee funding.

For expediency of processing, only a select number of projects will be funded. There will be no reconsideration process associated with this funding opportunity.  
For questions regarding the CESF application, other than technical ZoomGrants issues:
 Kristy Wilson at kristy.wilson@state.co.us
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