The Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) Commission, through Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment, is excited to share our first funding opportunities to support access to healthy food and food-based education for youth in Denver. The City will be investing in programs, projects and activities for non-profits, agencies of government or Denver schools to improve childhood wellness.
From late March to early May 2020, the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Initiative awarded nearly $900,000 to over 50 organizations in the Denver community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger and the COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund, these awards will be used to support programs providing healthy food to kids and families. Organizations include Denver Public Schools, Food for Thought, The GrowHaus, Re:Vision and many more (see below for a full list of grant recipients).
The most recent (non-emergency) funding opportunity closed on April 30, 2020, and was open to nonprofit organizations, City agencies, and schools that support Denver youth through the following programs:
This was the first of a series of grants over the Healthy Food for Kids Initiative ten-year period (2019-2029). There will be future opportunities to apply for funds, and the focus of future grants may shift based on data gathered through evaluation, as well as Commission and community priorities.
For reference, you can read through the past Request for Proposal (RFP) (PDF) to understand the program requirements, determine if your organization would have been eligible to apply, and learn more about the selection process. You can reference the application questions, budget and required forms on our Google Drive.
You can also view the slides and watch the video recording of the remote information session that was held on February 25, 2020. Spanish interpretation was made available during this session. Please refer to Addendum 1 for Written Questions and Answers and Addendum 1 – Preguntas y Respuestas en español.
To be eligible for the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids first funding opportunity, you must meet one of the following categories:
For more information about HFDK's first funding opportunity, refer to the full Request for Proposal (PDF).
The HFDK Commission and staff have not yet determined our regular grant funding cycle. Updates will be posted to this webpage as soon as the information is available.
You may calculate by the number of programs and services, staff time, participants, or the amount of funding that goes towards the organization’s programs, services, or activities.
At this time, only eligible organizations will be able to apply for funding. Note that this first funding opportunity will be the first of many future funding opportunities through the end of funding in 2029.
*If you are not eligible at this time, but you would like to be considered for HFDK funding in the future, please email us at email@example.com*
Purchasing food that is grown, raised, or processed within the state of Colorado.
Yes, applications will be accepted in the Spanish language, but they will be translated to English for review by the selection panel.
Sí, las solicitudes serán aceptadas en español, pero serán traducidas al inglés para su revisión por el panel de selección.