On May 28, the Governor signed HB 19-1239 to provide up to $6 million to support the ability of nonprofits and local governments to reach historically undercounted populations throughout Colorado for the 2020 Census. Census data ensure a clear picture and accurate information on the people who live in the United States, as well as the communities nonprofits will serve over the next decade.
This is half of the $12 million recommended to truly reach the 1.5 milllion Coloradans deemed "hard to count."
What's at stake?
Colorado's fair share of federal assistance and Congressional representation is also at stake. For each person that is counted, Colorado receives an estimated $2,300 per person per year in terms of education, transportation, health and human services funding, and more. Due to population growth, Colorado is also projected to gain an 8th Congressional seat.
However, these outcomes depend on having the most complete count possible. Outreach for the 2020 Census is considerably underfunded and participation is likely to be reduced if a citizenship question remains on the form.
- A five-member Census outreach program committee will be appointed in June to establish policies and procedures for the grant program.
- By mid-August, the committee is required to announce the grant program and open up the application process.
- Grant awards will be made by November 1, 2019.