Promoting Health Equity and Reducing Disparities in Sexual Violence: RFA #42534


RFA #42534 Overview

The Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) works with diverse communities to increase health and safety by addressing the root causes of sexual violence, through the implementation of community-level primary prevention strategies across Colorado.

The overall goal of this funding opportunity is to reduce disparities in sexual violence by addressing the social and structural inequities that drive those disparities.

The total available funding through RFA #42534 is approximately $430,000 each fiscal year for a five-year grant cycle (July 1, 2023 - January 31, 2029). The first grant year will consist of 7 months. All following grant years will consist of 12 months.

Grant awards are expected to be between $80,000 - $115,000 per year based on previous funding levels required for community-level prevention work. The SVP Program anticipates making 4 to 5 awards.

This is a cost-reimbursable grant; however, 501(c)(3) organizations may apply to receive up to 25% of their annual budget as a cash advance as part of this application.


Who Should Apply

The SVP program particularly encourages applications from organizations that amplify the voice of prioritized communities that we know are most impacted by sexual violence (Black, Indigenous, People of Color; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+); Disability community; Immigrant/Refugee community).

Applicants must be based in Colorado, including community organizations, grassroots organizations, health care organizations, governmental agencies, educational institutions, federally-recognized Native American Tribes in Colorado, Native American-serving organizations or organizations providing services on a reservation or Tribal land with a letter of support from the applicable Tribe.

Fiscal agents are eligible to apply on behalf of organizations without an IRS 501(c)(3).

Project Activities

All strategies proposed for funding must be primary prevention community-level strategies meant to keep violence from happening in the first place.

Proposed strategies for this funding opportunity must focus on one of the following four focus areas: 

  1. Creating Protective Environments; 
  2. Strengthening Economic Supports; 
  3. Increasing Access to Affirming Systems of Care; 
  4. Innovations Around Social/System Factors that Impact Overall Equity in Health and Wellness.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 5 p.m. MDT, Friday, March 15, 2024. *Please note that no applications will be accepted after this deadline.


Required Documents

All documents must be submitted electronically.

Evaluations and interviews

After evaluating submitted applications, top applicants (based on scores) will be invited for a virtual interview with reviewers and SVP program staff. 

If invited to an interview, please plan to include at least one community member who can speak to your organization's history and trust within priority communities identified within the application. 

Interviews are expected to be held April 1-5, 2024.


Informational Pre-application Webinar

An informational pre-application webinar to provide an overview of the funding opportunity for potential applicants and help answer questions from applicants was hosted on February 1, 2024. The recording of the webinar and the presentation slides are available:

Office Hours / Questions and Answers

The SVP program will be hosting public office hours as indicated in the schedule below. All office hours will be recorded and published on this page.

Office Hours

Use the Office Hours Google Meet Link to take advantage of office hours.

Office Hours are held 1-2:30 p.m. MDT on the following dates:

Office Hours Access Information
  • Join the Open Office Hours meetings with the video call link.
  • Or dial: (US) +1 941-462-1198
    • PIN: 887 252 226#
Questions and Answers Information

Applicants may also submit written questions to danielle.tuft@state.co.us to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this RFA. No inquiries will be accepted after 5 p.m. MDT, March 13, 2024.

All inquiries should be sent with the following information

  • RFA Number
  • RFA Title
  • The section number and paragraph number the inquiry applies to

Applicants are not to rely on any other statements that alter any specification or any other term or condition of the RFA.

Answers to application questions will be posted to the Promoting Health Equity and Reducing Disparities in Sexual Violence RFA #42534 Q & A (Google doc) at 5 p.m. MDT on the following dates:

  • January 25, 2024
  • February 1, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • February 15, 2024
  • February 22, 2024
  • February 29, 2024
  • March 7, 2024
  • March 14, 2024

Question Submission Deadline

The deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries is 5 p.m. MDT, March 13, 2024. *Please note that no questions will be accepted after this deadline.


Guidance and resources


Community-level prevention

Sexual violence prevention strategies

RFA Timeline
  1. Application submission deadline: 5 p.m. MDT, March 15, 2024
  2. Evaluation period 1: March 15-29, 2024
  3. Interviews for top applications: April 1-5, 2024
  4. Evaluation period 2: April 8-12, 2024
  5. Estimated notification of award: April 15, 2024
  6. Contract drafting: April 15-30, 2024
  7. Estimated contract effectiveness date: July 1, 2024