Commerce’s Public Safety program has opened a funding opportunity for Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) that allows for a wide range of applications focused on preventing, preparing for, and/or responding to the coronavirus.
Applications are due to Commerce by 5 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Eligible proposals may include activities to address the coronavirus and its effects, and replacement of budgeted funds reduced/eliminated due to the pandemic. Eligible services and expenses include advocacy and emotional support to individuals and communities impacted by the coronavirus, mental health counseling, and case management, peer support, transportation, public awareness and educational presentations, housing support and coordination of systems partners.
There are two separate applications for this funding. You can find them on the program’s Grants and Funding page.
The purpose of the By and For Request for Proposal (RFP) (3144C-2A) is to develop and enhance culturally and community specific services for individuals and communities. Services and activities must be provided by organizations that are operated by and for the community to be served. Marginalized communities may include ethnic and racial minorities, immigrants and refugees, individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, individuals with disabilities or who are deaf, and Native Americans.
The Local Governments, Tribes, and Non-profits RFP (3144C-2B) is open to any local government, tribe or non-profit.
For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for either funding opportunity.
Bidder’s conferences will be held on Feb. 16. The By and For RFP bidder’s conference is from 1 – 2 p.m., register here. The Local Government, Tribes, and Nonprofits RFP is from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., register here.
The anticipated award period is March 16, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022. Awards may be extended for an additional year.
Please download and carefully review the RFPs for specific information about funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance.
Questions about the application can be sent to the Application Coordinator, Bill Johnston, [email protected]