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Healthy Food for Denver's Kids:
Grant Opportunities

 
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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.


COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Rapid Response Grants

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).

View a full list of COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Grant Recipients

View the Healthy Food For Denver's Kids COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Funding Maps

 

Supporting Healthy Food Access for Low-Income and At-Risk Youth

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:

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Healthy Meals and Snacks

 

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Food-based Education

 

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Local Food Procurement

 

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.

Review the Previous HFDK Funding Opportunity

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.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the previous funding opportunity, as well as future opportunities, please email Lauren.Howe@denvergov.org.

 

 

Como referencia, documentos de solicitud anterior en español

  1. RFP Principal (pdf)
  2. Preguntas de solicitud (Google Drive)
  3. Presupuesto (Google Drive)
  4. Formularios requeridos (Google Drive)
  5. Apendice No. 03 - Extension de Fecha (pdf)

Organizational Eligibility

To be eligible for the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids first funding opportunity, you must meet one of the following categories:

  • My organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and over 50% of my organization’s programs and services:
    • provide healthy food, meals, and snacks to Denver's youth under 18, especially low-income and at-risk
    • are conducted in the City and County of Denver
    • primarily serve participants that are Denver residents
  • My organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and over 50% of my organization’s programs and services:
    • provide hands-on experiential education and public health programs associated with farming, gardening, cooking, home economics, and healthy eating
    • are conducted in the City and County of Denver
    • primarily serve participants that are Denver residents
  • My organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and over 50% of my organization’s programs and services:
    • include the preferential procurement of local food that is no more than 10% more expensive than comparable out-of-state foods
    • are conducted in the City and County of Denver
    • primarily serve participants that are Denver residents
  • My organization is an agency of local government, including Denver Public Schools, that has programs related to #1, #2 or #3 listed above.

For more information about HFDK's first funding opportunity, refer to the full Request for Proposal (PDF).


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

If you are unfamiliar with how to use BidNet, you may refer to this BidNet instructional PDF document for help on how to create an account and submit your proposal in BidNet.

If you are not familiar with how to use Excel, you may refer to this 15 minute instructional video for help on how to complete the budget template spreadsheet.

All specific funding requirements will be listed  here on the HFDK Grant Opportunities webpage.

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 lauren.howe@denvergov.org*

At this time, organizations that have membership on the HFDK Commission are not eligible to apply for HFDK funds. You can find a full list of Commission members on the HFDK webpage.

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.

Please refer to Addendum 1 for a full list of Written Questions and Answers for the first funding opportunity (Addendum 1 – Preguntas y Respuestas en español).

 
For More Information:
  • You can view the slides and watch the video recording of the remote information session held on February 25, 2020. Spanish interpretation was made available during this session. Please refer to Addendum 1 for Written Questions and Answers that were submitted and responded to.
 


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