Apply now for funding to promote 2020 Census participation in your community

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: July 26, 2019

Applications are now live for a $6 million state grant program to support organizations in promoting 2020 Census participation among hard-to-count communities, including families with children under age 5. Encouraging participation in the 2020 Census is one of the most important things we can do to ensure Colorado communities receive their fair share of political representation and federal funding for programs like Head Start, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and special education funding, among others. Children under 5 are the age group most likely to be missed by the census, so we strongly encourage organizations who can promote census participation among families with young children to apply for funding.

The grant program is administered by the Department of Local Affairs. Nonprofits, school districts, local governments, intergovernmental agencies, councils of governments, housing authorities and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the program’s guidelines. Applicants must describe how they will conduct census-focused outreach and engagement among communities considered hard-to-count. Hard-to-count communities include children under 5, communities of color, people with low incomes, immigrants and others.

Applications for funding are due by September 15th. DOLA will announce grant awards no later than November 1st. Click here for more information on the grant program, including instructions about how to apply.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.