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.


The Department received 101 applications for a total of $18.8 million. Executive Director, Rick M. Garcia is recommending funding all of the Committee recommendations, with modifications to ensure there is a statewide education and outreach focused on geographic areas with the highest potential reach that will affect Hard-to-Count communities in Colorado.

Final awards information

Instructions For Requesting Payment

REQUIRED Advance Request Form

2020 Census Outreach Grant Program

Committee members 


Monthly Reporting Form


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

Awarded Census Outreach Grant Full Applications

Denied Census Outreach Grant Full Applications

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 announced "Notice of Funds Available" and the grant application by August 15, 2019. All applications were to be completed through the e-grants portal, which was also made available by August 15, 2019. 


Announcement of Census Grant Application

Identify your Geographic Area - Census Tracts

How to Apply

Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program Draft Application


Important Dates

  • By August 15, 2019 Grant Applications made available
  • September 15, 2019 Grant Applications submitted through the e-grants portal
  • October 3, 2019 Census Committee proposals reviewed
  • By November 1, 2019 Grant Awards announced
  • By December 29, 2019 Grant Funds transferred to recipients
  • By June 30, 2020 All grant funds must be spent

Program Contact

Matt Freeman
Census Grant Program Administrator