U.S. Attorney Dunn Announces $9 Million Grant to Help State of Colorado Fight COVID-19
Small Grants to Local Communities Also Disbursed
DENVER – U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn announced the state of Colorado will receive $9 million to support its response to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
“This grant will help ensure the safety of our law enforcement community as they continue to protect us during this unprecedented time,” Dunn said. “It is part of the $14 million the Department of Justice allocated for public safety agencies in the state of Colorado that we announced a few short weeks ago, and we are seeing the quick distribution of those funds. In addition to the $9 million given to the state, local jurisdictions are being awarded grants as well – with Larimer County and the cities of Fountain and Grand Junction also receiving grants in the last week.”
The grants to local jurisdictions were for the following amounts:
- Larimer County – $51,342
- City of Fountain – $34,327
- City of Grand Junction – $91,671
There is a wide range of application for the funds including overtime, hiring, and supplies – such as personal protective equipment and sanitizer. Grand Junction, for example, is using its funds to bring in a hazard mitigation team to sanitize police equipment, such as vehicles, on a weekly basis. The City is also purchasing PPE, masks, wipes and hand sanitizer.
Dunn is encouraging other communities in Colorado find out if they are eligible and apply for the remaining grant money. Other jurisdictions can find out if they are eligible and apply immediately by visiting this website. The Justice Department is moving quickly, awarding grants on a rolling basis and aiming to have funds available for drawdown as soon as possible after receiving applications. These grants are available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, of which $14 million was allocated for local jurisdictions in Colorado.