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. This is half of the $12 million recommended to truly reach the 1.5 milllion Coloradans deemed "hard to count."
To apply by the September 15 deadline, visit the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program webpage. Grant awards will be announced by November 1.
What's at stake?
- Data: 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.
- Dollars: For each person that counted, Colorado receives $2,300 per person per year in terms of education, transportation, health and human services funding, and more.
- Democracy: 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 affected by the debate earlier this year on having a citizenship question on the form.