On May 28, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 070, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to establish the Coronavirus Relief fund. On December 30, 2020, Governor Polis signed Executive Order D2020 295, amending the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to extend the deadline for expenditure until December 31, 2021.
Through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) this fund will reimburse costs to Counties, Municipalities and Special Districts for:
- necessary expenditures incurred due to the Covid-19 public health emergency (Covid-19 emergency)
- were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) for the State; and
- were incurred during the period that began on March 1, 2020, and ended on December 31, 2021.
All Colorado counties, municipalities, and special districts with the exception of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso and Jefferson Counties and the municipalities within those counties.
Funding and Distribution
Total amount of funds available $275,000,000
Distribution to Counties and Municipalities - $219,120,000
Distribution to Special Districts - $27,390,000
Reserve - $27,390,000
DOLA administrative costs (.4%) - $1,100,000
CVRF Allocation Amounts
CVRF Reserve Funding Awards Round 1
CVRF Reserve Funding Awards Round 2
CVRF Reserve Funding Awards Round 3
CVRF Reserve Funding Awards Round 4
CVRF Allocations for Counties/Municipalities (updated August 5, 2020)
CVRF Allocations for Special Districts (updated September 17, 2020)
For local governments with questions please call Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Local Government, Field Services Team’s Regional Manager for your region.
IRS Tax Information for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
DOLA does not provide tax guidance; reach out to the IRS with additional questions. This document includes information links and phone numbers for the IRS.
IRS Tax Guidance for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
Eligible Spending Resources
US Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance (January 15, 2021)
Guidance Revision Regarding Costs Incurred (December 14, 2021)
US Treasury Frequently Asked Questions (October 19, 2020)
Side-by-side for Payroll Eligibility
CVRF Eligible Spending Decision Tree
Non-Exclusive Examples of Ineligible Expenditures
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - United States Department of Treasury
Learn more about Federal Funding and Grants
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Requirements: The Act
Uniform Guidance - Title 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR §25.100 - §25.360)
Single Audit - Title 2 Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR § 200.102)
Single Audit Requirement - DOLA Instructional Video
Pass-Through Entities - Instructional Video