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 60 years or over and people who are transient or homeless.

For more general questions about Census please go to the State Demography section of DOLA's website.

2020 Census Outreach Grant Program Committee Meeting
October 17, 2019
Department of Local Affairs - Webinar/call in only
1313 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 646-308-693 


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. 

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Announcement of Census Grant Application

Identify your Geographic Area - Census Tracts

How to Apply

Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program Draft Application


2020 Census Outreach Grant Program

Committee members 

Census 2020 Video Recording


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
  • October 3, 2019 Census Committee proposal review
  • 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

Program Contact

Matt Freeman
Census Grant Program Administrator