2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Information

Apply to ODCP for CESF Program

Applications for the 2020 CESF Program (round 2) will be submitted through Iowa's electronic grant management system www.iowagrants.gov. The application process for round two began October 8, 2020, with applications due November 9, 2020. 

www.iowagrants.gov - Registration Instructions

2020 CESF Grant Application Information and Instructions - Round Two

Application Workshop Slides are accessible here

Video recording of the Application Workshop

Video recording of the New Grantee Workshop

Contact Dennis Wiggins at 515-725-0311 with any questions or concerns regarding the Byrne-JAG Formula Grant Program or for assistance in using www.iowagrants.gov.  


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Iowa Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Grant (Updated 5-12-20)

What is the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program?

The CESF program will provide funding through the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

How much money is available through the Iowa CESF Program?

The Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is making available about $5.2 million in CESF pass-through grants, with an intent to fund multiple merit-based grants from eligible State, Local and tribal applications in at least two rounds of grant awards (now and later this year).  Of this total, approximately $4.1 million is targeted for State applicants (including judicial districts) and $1.1 million for Local applicants (includes tribes).

(Note: CESF grants administered by ODCP are separate from, and in addition to, nearly $3 million in “local-direct” CESF grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to 36 Iowa cities and counties, to be used at the discretion of those local jurisdictions.)

Who is eligible to apply for Iowa CESF funding?

State and Local units of government, including Indian tribes, are eligible to apply to the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) for Iowa CESF grants.  Faith based and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, in collaboration with government agencies. An eligible entity may submit one grant application, per solicitation. 

Can a unit of government participate in a collaborative application with other agencies AND submit an individual application?

Yes.  Agencies may participate in a collaborative application in a non-primary role and submit a separate application on the agency’s own behalf.  

What can be purchased with CESF funds?

Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.

ODCP is coordinating with State Emergency Operation Center partners and other stakeholders to prioritize use of these new, but limited resources for evolving needs in these challenging times.

Can CESF funding be used to replace revenue lost due to the coronavirus pandemic?

CESF funding cannot be used to make up lost revenues, unless doing so prevents, prepares for, and/or responds to coronavirus going forward.

Can CESF funding be used as match for other funding sources such as FEMA?

No. Federal funds may not be used as match for other federal funds. 

Where can I apply for local-direct CESF funds?

Communities eligible for a local direct award can find the FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Solicitation on the U.S. Department of Justice website: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-18553.

Communities with eligible needs that do not qualify for a local direct award from the U.S. Department of Justice can apply to ODCP for state pass-through grants.

Where can I get help with my application to ODCP?

ODCP will assist as much as possible with Iowa CESF grant questions and applications.  Click here for detailed Iowa CESF grant application instructions, and monitor this ODCP website (odcp.iowa.gov) for Iowa CESF/Byrne JAG guidance updates and additional information.  Also, if you have specific questions, feel free to contact ODCP Grant Manager Dennis Wiggins at 515-725-0311 or dennis.wiggins@iowa.gov.​

If my agency received a grant in the first CESF round, am I eligible to apply in round 2?


If my application was partially funded in round one, can I submit a grant application in round two for those activities which were unfunded?  

Yes.  If your application was partially funded in round one those unfunded items are eligible in round two.  You will need to resubmit an application in round two. 

The only applications from round one which will automatically be reconsidered in round two are those that received no funding in the first round.