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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 and Environment, is excited to announce the first Request for Proposal (RFP) 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.

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

We are currently accepting applications from 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 is 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 RFP

Read through the Request for Proposal (PDF) to understand the program requirements, determine if your organization is eligible to apply, and read more about the selection process. You can also attend the optional remote information session on February 25, 2020, from 12-1 pm MST.



 

Questions?

We are happy to walk you through how to register and submit your proposal on BidNet, how to complete the Budget Template or anything else you may need. Call us at (720) 865-9601 for assistance or with questions. We will also be collecting and responding to written questions if they are submitted by March 2, 2020, at 11 pm MST.

Please submit written questions via email to Paige Cheney (paige.cheney@denvergov.org).

 

Submit your Proposal

After reviewing the RFP, fill out the Application Questions, Budget and Required Forms (Google Drive). Refer to the RFP for all application instructions. Completed proposals must be submitted electronically through BidNet on or before the proposal due date: March 26, 2020, 11 pm MST.

 

 

 

 

Preguntas? En español

Nos complace guiarlo a través de cómo registrarse y presentar su propuesta en BidNet, cómo completar la plantilla de presupuesto o cualquier otra cosa que pueda necesitar. Llámenos al (720) 865-9601 para asistencia o con preguntas. También recibiremos y contestaremos preguntas por escrito si se envían antes de las 11 p.m. MST del 2 de marzo de 2020.

Documentos de solicitud en español:

  1. RFP Principal (pdf)
  2. Preguntas de solicitud (Google Drive)
  3. Presupuesto (Google Drive)
  4. Formularios requeridos (Google Drive)

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 for 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:
    • include the preferential procurement of local food that is no more than 10% more expensive than comparable out-of-state foods, for 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 an agency of local government, including Denver Public Schools, that has programs related to #1, #2 or #3 listed above.

For more information, refer to the full Request for Proposal (PDF).


 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 in the Request for Proposal.

At this time, only eligible organizations will be able to apply for funding. Note that this 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.

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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.

 
For More Information:
  • Join our optional information session on February 25 from 12-1 pm MST, which will be held remotely via Zoom video conferencing. The session will be recorded and posted. Spanish interpretation will be available. Habrá interpretación en español disponible.

Please register in advance for this session:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the session.

Por favor regístrese con antelación para esta sesión:
Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la sesión.

 

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