Community First Foundation (CFF) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) are investing $1,700,000 in grant funds to support infrastructure and capacity-building efforts to build a resilient food system that ensures equitable access to locally produced and nutritious food in Jefferson County.
“It’s very difficult for a community to thrive when people cannot meet their most essential needs, and access to food is certainly essential,” said Kelly Dunkin, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “We want everyone in Jefferson County to have equitable access to food that is locally produced, nutritious and meets cultural preferences.”
Applicants must be headquartered or have a physical location in Jeffco and demonstrate a recent history (within the past year) of providing services or support to Jeffco residents. Organizations not headquartered or that do not have a physical location in Jeffco must have a recent history (within the past year) or a clearly demonstrated and planned commitment of providing services in Jeffco. JCPH and CFF anticipate making 15 to 20 awards in amounts up to $500,000 each (no minimum). Funding will be based upon the type of project, service area, and the strength of alignment with the request for proposals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic increased food insecurity and disruptions to our local food supply,” said Marissa Silverberg, Food systems & Policy Administrator for Jefferson County Public Health. “Prior to the pandemic, 9.1% of Coloradans and 10% of Jeffco residents were already experiencing food insecurity, and since the pandemic began, this percentage has quadrupled.”
Applications open June 1 and close July 2. Awards will be made in August and projects may take up to two years to complete.
Learn more about the grant opportunity.