CESF Grant (Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding)

Purpose of the Funds

The purpose of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Grant fund is to support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus.

The majority of the CESF will be made available to local units of governments and other eligible local agencies through a competitive Request for Application process developed by the DCJ. Due to the emergent nature of this funding, grant applications have been simplified and the funding process will be expedited. 

    Solicitation Schedule

    Applications for CESF funds will be collected periodically, based on the availability of federal emergency funds.

    Funding Priorities & Allowable Expenses

    Funding Priorities

    • Non-congregate housing for in-custody releases with no housing plan
    • Protections for incarcerated people and staff working in those areas
    • Communication and community engagement tools to improve communication between law enforcement and community
    • Systems to track and support adults and/or juveniles released or diverted from incarceration
    • Systems to create or enhance pre-trial supervision for those released from jail or lockup to assist in the social distancing and other guidelines 
    • Systems to create or enhance screening processes used to determine eligibility for pretrial release.
    • Video and necessary equipment that can be used to expand bond hearings.

    Other Allowable Items 
    To support both state and local governments/agencies via a broad range of criminal justice and law enforcement activities to prevent, prepare and respond to the coronavirus.

    • Overtime, hiring personnel, training
    • Equipment and supplies
    • Travel expenses related to the distribution of COVID related resources 
    • Addressing the medical needs of inmates in local, jails, and detention centers
    • Addressing transitional housing needs for the criminal justice and juvenile justice population
    • Any other COVID-19 related expense.

    Eligibility & Requirements

    The majority of the CESF will be made available to local units of governments and other eligible local agencies through a competitive Request for Application process developed by the DCJ. State and Local Units of Government, such as Law Enforcement Agencies, Jails, Prisons, Detention Facilities, and other local organizations are eligible.

    The review panel will accept limited grant applications from non-profit organizations representing statewide associations of local law enforcement. In addition, non-profit organizations must demonstrate how the grant will address statewide priorities.

    Prior and Current Funding Recipients

    Staff Contact Information

    Jennifer Geisheker
    CESF Grant Specialist IV
    Direct: 720-357-4962
    700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000, Lakewood, CO 80215
    jennifer.geisheker@state.co.us