Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program

Funding Available $6,000,000 

The Department of Local Affairs' (DOLA) Census Outreach Grant program will provide grants to local governments, intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, school districts, nonprofit organizations and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes (eligible recipients) to support the accurate counting of the population of the state for the 2020 census. Funds are from the state of Colorado and creation of the program is outlined in §§ C.R.S. 24-32-125-126.

Hard-to-count, for the purposes of this grant program, means communities and populations that have been historically under-counted by previous decennial censuses including, but not limited to, children under five years of age, racial and ethnic minorities, communities of color, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, immigrants, people who speak and understand limited amounts of English, people living in rural areas of the state, people in the state without sufficient Internet access, adults 65 years or over and people who are transient or homeless.


Grant dollars will be awarded to conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education to focus on hard-to-count communities in the state.

Eligible Entities

Local government, intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and the Southern Ute Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Grant Application Process 

The Census Outreach Grant Committee will announce the "Notice of Funds Available" and the grant application no later than August 15, 2019. All applications must be completed through the e-grants portal which will be made available by August 15, 2019. 

COMING SOON: Policies and procedures will be made available for grant applicants to assist them in applying to the program.

2020 Census Outreach Grant Program

Committee Members

July 8, 2019 Census Outreach Grant Program Informational Meeting
Grant Applicant Q&A and Stakeholder Meeting - applicants are not required to attend this meeting, but invited to attend
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Colorado Department of Local Affairs
1313 Sherman Street, Room 318
Denver, CO 80203

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Other Important Dates

  • By August 15, 2019 Grant Applications will be made available
  • September 15, 2019 Grant Applications must be submitted through the e-grants portal
  • By November 1, 2019 Grant Awards will be announced
  • By December 29, 2019 Grant Funds will be transferred to recipients
  • By June 30, 2020 All grant funds must be spent