New $32M fund to help Colorado schools, colleges address COVID-19 impacts

Applicants can ask for between $250,000 and $4 million depending on the proposal
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Posted at 9:10 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 23:11:00-04

Colorado public schools and universities can apply for financial help from a newly launched $32 million fund created by Gov. Jared Polis that’s intended to support learning institutions and students hit hardest by COVID-19.

“What this $32 million is designed to do is to go to the areas most impacted, because in many ways, COVID-19 accentuated the already existing achievement gap that falls along income, race and geography,” Polis said in an interview Wednesday.

The fund — called Response, Innovation & Student Equity (RISE) — draws from federal dollars in the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, included as part of the CARES Act.

School districts, charter schools, public universities, federally-recognized tribes and early childhood councils can apply for a grant to address learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19 in the state.

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