COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities - Request for Applications (RFA) #41808

A Request for Applications (RFA) is used to award grants to promote specific program goals. An organization (in this case, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) announces that grant funding is available, and eligible organizations may apply for it. The purpose of this CDPHE RFA is to support COVID-19 detection and mitigation in confinement facilities in Colorado. 


Entities that may apply for funding are:

  • Colorado confinement facilities. For the purposes of this RFA, the term “confinement facilities” includes adult jails; juvenile confinement facilities; police lockups; and community confinement facilities as defined by 28 CFR § 115.5. This includes Tribal confinement facilities that meet eligibility criteria.
    • State prisons (public or private) are not eligible for this RFA.
    • Juvenile confinement facilities that are operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services are not eligible.
    • Confinement facilities that receive federal funding may be eligible. This includes facilities that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and/or the U.S. Marshals Service. Facilities that are federally owned and operated are not eligible. 

Eligible entities may not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, or national origin in their staffing policies, use of volunteers, or provision of services.

COVID-19 detection and mitigation activities that this RFA may be used to support: 

  • Implementing COVID-19 testing programs for residents, staff, and/or visitors.
  • Conducting enhanced cleaning and disinfection within the facility.
  • Implementing ventilation improvements within the facility.
  • Supporting implementation of other infection control practices.

Note: This RFA does not support funding for vaccination or clinical care, including COVID-19 treatments.

Approximately $2.1 million is available for this RFA, and CDPHE anticipates awarding approximately 17 grants. The maximum award amount that may be requested at this time is $125,000. However, the actual amount awarded may vary based on the number of qualified applications. Each contract will be effective upon approval by the State Controller through April 30, 2024. All aspects of the project are dependent upon funding availability. 

Important dates 
  • Pre-application informational webinar: May 24, 2023, 10-11 a.m. (MDT)
  • Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries: June 25, 2023 at 5 p.m. (MDT)
    • Applicants may make written inquiries via email for clarification of RFA requirements. No inquiries will be accepted after this deadline. 
    • Email all inquiries to cdphe_priority_congregate_settings@state.co.us.
    • Clearly identify your inquiries with:
      • RFA Number 41808.
      • RFA Title (COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities).
      • The section number and paragraph number the inquiry applies to.
  • Application deadline: June 30, 2023 at 5 p.m. (MDT)
    • Applications should be received electronically no later than this deadline via the Google form.
Application reference materials: 
Required documents for application 

All of the following forms and documents need to be completed and submitted in order for your application to be complete:

Additional resources 

These resources are for reference only and do not need to be included as a part of your application:

This RFA is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $11.8 million with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. 

Contact information

Applicants may make written inquiries via email to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this RFA. CDPHE will not accept inquiries after the date and time indicated in the Schedule of Activities (section VI.F). Email all inquiries to cdphe_priority_congregate_settings@state.co.us.