CARES Act Emergency Grants Funding

As our community continues with the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, nonprofits and small business throughout Jefferson County have sought to meet the sudden and emergency needs of our community. Continuing support for them will ensure that services are provided to support the health and well-being of our citizens.

Therefore, Jefferson County is proud to announce the opportunity for both nonprofits and small businesses to apply for relief and receive funding, via the CARES Act, to address the COVID-19 emergency in Jefferson County.

Awards and Disbursement of Funds

Application reviewers will determine eligibility and grant amount. Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need. Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a notification which will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant. Jefferson County reserves the right to offer awards different from the specified amount requested.

Recipient Reporting Requirement

Receipts must be submitted by December 15, 2020 for payments made with these funds. Recipient must make all necessary information available to confirm expenditures were eligible.

  1. Reimbursement Award for Local Governments
  2. Personal Protective Equipment Program

COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Governments

In support of our Local Government community, Jefferson County is providing a funding opportunity for Local governments within Jefferson County. The COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Governments program will open on Monday, August 31, 2020 and applications can be submitted through Saturday, October 31, 2020

Local governments may apply for assistance to apply toward COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1 to December 30, 2020. This is an expense reimbursement application; as such, documentation must be submitted with a summary of all COVID-19 related expenses and dollar amounts being requested. For more information on what qualifies as a COVID-19 related expense, please see the categories listed below from the U.S. Department of Treasury or additional guidance on the U.S. Department of Treasury website.

Under the CARES Act, funds may be used to cover expenses that:

  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Expenditures that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020
  • Expenditures that were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

Award amounts will be determined based on the type of local government and the degree of community impact of each organization as well as other factors. There will be consideration for the importance of the local government based on the public necessity, welfare, and security of the community. Award amounts will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds and demonstrated need. Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a notification which will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the funding. Applications will be reviewed by a panel to determine eligibility and award amount. There will be a scoring process based on the criteria set forth above. 

Who can apply?

Local governments that have jurisdictional boundaries within Jefferson County are eligible for this funding. Local governments located outside of Jefferson County are not eligible for this grant and should contact the Colorado Department of Local Government for information on the statewide grant program for local governments.

Additional eligibility criteria:

  • The Local Government has been operating at least one year prior to the date of the award application.
  • Only one metropolitan district with overlapping boundaries may apply for award. For example: Verve Metropolitan District No. 1 and No. 2 may not both apply for award, only one district may apply.

Applicants will be required to submit/show

  • A copy of the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR)
  • W-9
  • Operating statements for March 1 – August 31 for both 2019 and 2020
  • Worksheet demonstrating amount of financial impact from COVID-19 (Financial Reporting Form)

Note: The CARES Act prohibits the use of grant awards to replace County or local government revenues. 




Applying for the Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Governments

Step One: Complete CARES Act Expense Reimbursement Reporting Form

This CARES Act Expense Reimbursement Reporting Form will help you calculate the amount of expense reimbursement funds you can apply for. You need this information in order to complete the COVID-19 Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Government Application. Please save this form and upload it within the online application (step two).

Download the CARES Act Expense Reimbursement Reporting Form >>
For questions, please email the CARES Act team

Step Two: Apply for Expense Reimbursement Award for Local Governments

This application allows you to provide additional information to help us verify that you are eligible to receive this grant.

Once you’ve completed the CARES Act Expense Reimbursement Reporting Form, please fill out
the secure, online application form >>
For questions, please email the CARES Act team