Migrant Support Grant Application (ARPA Funding)

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will fund qualified social service organizations, both nonprofit, governmental or private to provide humanitarian relief. These items can include a form of shelter, food, clothing, health care, navigation, transportation, volunteer and donations management, childcare and wrap-around supportive services to migrant families and individuals who have recently entered the United States from the south-west border. Funding can be provided through June 30, 2024. The maximum funding available for all entities is approximately $2.1 million. 

This funding is to support infrastructure and wraparound services to move people from emergency shelters into more stable short-term housing and may include some mid-term housing.

Special considerations will be given to qualified non-profit organizations with experience working with migrant or immigrant populations.

These funds are authorized and budgeted through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds, appropriated and otherwise made available pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-75-226 and funds that may be made available through C.R.S. §24-33.5-1623.

Application Due Date

Applications are due August 23, 2023 prior to 11:59 p.m. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the DHSEM.

Program Activities

Services may include:

  • Housing (please include description of housing types proposed)
  • Feeding
  • Clothing
  • Health and Mental Health Referrals or Care
  • Navigation (case management)
  • Intra-state Transportation
  • Childcare (must be licensed, exempt, or qualified for exemption)
  • Volunteer and Donations Management
  • Other Wrap Around Supportive Services (e.g., pre-paid phones, RTD passes, enrollment in school)

Program Administration

Applicants are required to submit weekly reports on all activities that utilize grant funding. All housing data must be entered into the state tracking software (AppSheet). Applicants that do not submit reports or are late in filling out reports may have their grants revoked. Reports include: 

  • Weekly summary update to state grants manager regarding all activities.
  • Migrant support activities that are currently fully funded through other grants or sources specific to this response/mission.

Applicant Scoring

The focus of this award is for integration services. Applicants that can provide services for helping migrants get out of emergency sheltering and into transitional or permanent housing with navigation (case management) will score higher on the award. The current award is available for a period of performance through June 30, 2024. All costs proposed must be expended by that date or they are not eligible for reimbursement under this award.

The scoring criteria are:

  • Efficiency: Applicants that can help more people with less funding will score more highly.
  • Narrative Description of Program: Applicants that describe their program thoroughly and show a plan for success will score more highly.
  • Detailed Budget: Applicants that provide a detailed budget to demonstrate how they will spend the money will score more highly.
  • References: Applicants that include references that can verify the applicant has run similar successful programs will score more highly.
  • Experience with other Federal Grant Funding: Applicants that can demonstrate successful federal grant management experience and attach their policies and procedures for compliance with federal grants will score more highly. Applicants that can not demonstrate funding from previous federal grants should take time to explain any contracting or procurement actions they may take and how they will comply with federal grant requirements (policies and procedures). 

How To Apply

  1. Provide proposal with all information requested in the “Applicant Scoring” section
  2. Complete the application below.
  3. Provide a recently signed W-9.
  4. Send all documents to  email: CDPS_SEOCFinance@state.co.us.

Download and Edit the Migrant Support Grant Application