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Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program

General Information

The Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program was created by Colorado Senate Bill 21-255, “Free Menstrual Hygiene Products to Students” and was signed into law on July 6, 2021. The program aims to provide free menstrual hygiene products and product disposal to all students regardless of their gender identity.  Since its inception in 2021, the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility program has reached 59 Colorado local education providers. In the 2022 - 2023 academic year, approximately $100,000 in funding was awarded to 32 Colorado districts and schools, and the program is expected to continue each academic year.  A new funding announcement will be posted here when the current Request for Applications becomes available.

Eligible Applicants & Allowable Expenses

Eligible applicants are Colorado school districts and charter schools who enroll 50% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, facility schools, and Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. 

Education providers may use program funding to purchase menstrual hygiene products, including sanitary napkins, tampons, and pantiliners, and to purchase and install menstrual hygiene product dispensers, disposal receptacles, and disposal receptacle liners.

  • In the context of this program, menstrual hygiene products include pantiliners, pads, and tampons. Menstrual cups are not included.  
  • The installation of dispensing machines and receptacles will be funded at $100 per machine or receptacle installed.
  • Product shipping costs must be reasonable and should not exceed 5% of the total award.
  • Product storage (e.g., plastic containers or tubs, baskets, cabinets) is not an allowable expense. 

Program Objectives

  • Increase the number of gender-neutral spaces where students can access free menstrual hygiene products
  • Increase the number of gender-neutral spaces where students can dispose of menstrual hygiene products
  • Reduce the amount of missed class time due to lack of access to menstrual hygiene products
  • Improve academic performance through the reduction of missed class time due to lack of access to menstrual hygiene products
  • Increase feelings of belonging and safety for all students who menstruate, including those who are transgender and non-gender conforming


Fact Sheet:  Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program

Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant Program Recipients

2023-2024 Program Reports:

2023-2024 List of Recipients:  

  • Adams-Arapahoe 28J (APS)
  • Alamosa School District RE-11J
  • Archuleta County School District 50JT
  • Brush School District RE-2J
  • Calhan School District RJ-1
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1
  • CSI - Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
  • CSI - Crown Pointe Charter Academy
  • CSI - New America School - Aurora, Thornton
  • CSI - Ricardo Flores Magon Academy
  • CSI - The Pinnacle Charter School

  • Denver - KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
  • District 49 - GOAL Academy
  • Douglas County RE-1 - HOPE Online
  • Englewood School District 1
  • Greeley-Evans School District 6
  • Harrison School District 2
  • Idalia School District RJ-3
  • Lake County School District R-1
  • Mapleton School District 1
  • Moffat Consolidated Schools District 2
  • Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1

  • Montrose County School District RE-1J
  • Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health
  • Pritchett School District RE-3
  • Revere School District
  • Sheridan School District 2
  • South Conejos School District RE-10
  • Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center
  • Tennyson Center for Children
  • Valley School District RE-1
  • Weld County School District RE-8
  • West End School District RE-2


View previously funded grant recipients here


2023-2024 Grant Application Information (reference only - applications are closed)


Information Webinar:  Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Slides from 10.10.23 Information Webinar (PDF)

Applications Due:  Friday, October 20, 2023, by 11:59 PM

Notice of Award:  Applicants will be notified of final award status no later than Friday, November 17, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Application Materials
Applications Closed 10/20/23
For Review Purposes Only

Review 2023 Eligible Applicants (PDF)

Review Application (Word)


For More Information, Contact:

Program Questions:

Jacklyn Thompson, MSW LSW
School Health Services Office
Health and Wellness

Budget/ Fiscal Questions:

Gloria Kochan
Grants Specialist IV
Office of Grants Fiscal Management