Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Grant Opportunities

Supporting Healthy Food Access for Youth

The Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) Commission, through Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment, is pleased to announce our fifth funding opportunity to increase access to healthy food and food-based education for youth and their families in Denver. The City and County of Denver is investing in collaborative programs, projects and activities for non-profits, agencies of local government and Denver schools to improve child nutrition security and wellness through healthy food access, food education, and federal nutrition assistance programs.


We encourage you to sign up for HFDK email updates to stay informed about future funding opportunities, open positions on the HFDK Commission, and to learn more about HFDK's work.  

If you have questions, please reach out to Lauren Howe (HFDK Program Administrator) at

HFDK Funding Values & Approach

  • Center racial equity, diversity and inclusion in all Commission activities and outcomes.
  • Gather information from grantees, community partners, kids and their families with lived experience of hunger. Use that information to make decisions.
  • Share out and be clear on how we develop funding opportunities, distribute funds, estimate revenue and available funding amounts, and communicate evaluation results.
  • Use an equity lens in our grantmaking, including making funds available to the most under-resourced communities in Denver and the organizations that serve them.
  • Be flexible and allow for innovation in how grantees use funds to advance HFDK's Vision. This flexibility includes providing grants to both establish new programs and continue or expand existing programs.
  • If funding decreases or the Commission’s funding priorities change, minimize negative effects for grantees and the low-income and underserved youth and their families we serve.
  • Encourage grantees to have different revenue sources so they can continue their mission and work over time, after HFDK funding ends.
  • Simplify and streamline funding-related processes to reduce administrative burden, making the work easier for grantees (including applications, reporting, invoicing, etc.) wherever possible. 
  • Offer additional resources to grantees such as technical assistance, capacity building, and partnership support.

Note that the HFDK Commission and staff will do our best to uphold these values and approaches in how we do our work, while also complying with the requirements of the City and County of Denver and the Denver Revised Municipal Code.

For reference, you may view previous Requests for Proposal (RFPs) that are now closed: