5 Star State Certification funding

Last updated January 26, 2021.

Downloadable guidance: Español (1/21/2021)

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To support counties and municipalities in the planning and implementation of the 5 Star State Certification Program, the state is making funding available to administrative committees that oversee the program locally.  

Administrative committees can apply for up to $50,000, which can be used to support or strengthen an existing program or to plan and develop a new program. 

Who can apply?

Counties or municipalities interested in this funding must be eligible to apply for the 5 Star State Certification Program, or have a current certification, and be in compliance with the requirements of the program. For more information on eligibility, see the 5 Star State Certification policy framework document or the funding FAQ.

How are awards decided?

A review panel at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will review all applications and will score the application based on the technical aspects of applications, the soundness of the applicant’s approach, and the applicant’s understanding of the requirement. 

CDPHE will also utilize a Financial Risk Rating in Evaluation. Prior to final evaluation, the risk rating determined from the submitted Risk Assessment Questionnaire or FRMS rating shall be applied in the form of a deduction from the final evaluation total score according to the table outlined in the FAQ. Award considerations will then be based on the adjusted total score.

Key dates

January 19

Applications accepted starting January 19, 2021.

  • Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Once a complete application is received, the applicant will be notified within 10 business days of the award decision.

April 1

5 Star State Certification funding application deadline.

June 30

Final funding financial report is due.

All 5 Star State Certification Grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2021.