Grant Opportunities

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About Our Grants and COVID-19

Community First Foundation is a nontraditional funder. We typically release at least one open competitive grant that varies in size, strategy and scope from year to year. Our collaborative approach with community partners drives the type and quantity of funding we provide.

We recognize that COVID-19 is having immediate impacts on our communities and our sector, and we are responding. Please review the grant opportunities below and contact us with any questions.

Moving from Emergency Response to Recovery in Jefferson County

The COVID pandemic significantly increased food insecurity and disruptions to our local food supply. Prior to COVID, 9.1% of Coloradans and 10% of Jeffco residents were experiencing food insecurity, but since the pandemic began, this percentage has quadrupled.

Jeffco Hope Fund

Jeffco nonprofits are finding strength and help with support from the Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund,  a rapid-response fund to strengthen and stabilize Jeffco community organizations responding to and impacted by COVID-19.

Round Three 

Amounts: $2,500 – $15,000

Application available: March 1

Application closes: March 22

Decisions: General operating support ranging from $2,500- $15,000 will be made on a rolling basis while funds remain. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 22 at 5 p.m.

Notifications and payments: Applicants receiving awards will be notified by email by April 1.

The effects of social isolation, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have significantly impacted domestic and family violence, mental health needs, and substance abuse needs in our community. This grant opportunity is aimed at all organizations that have stepped up to address these issues for the populations they serve. Our Jeffco hope is to fuel innovative and proven approaches that promote the physical/mental health and safety of our community.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Organizations supporting the victims of Domestic and family violence
  • Organizations helping people find and implement coping strategies different from substance misuse/abuse.
  • Community groups organizing peer support to ease depression and anxiety for those grieving the loss of loved ones
  • Faith-based organizations hosting training for enhanced family communication and conflict resolution
  • Organizations formally established to address domestic & family violence, mental health and substance abuse needs

Incentive Grants for Nonprofit Endowment Partners

Stimulating endowment-building and encouraging Nonprofit Endowment Partners to invest in their futures is one way we help nonprofits protect themselves for brighter, sustainable outlooks.

Don't see a grant opportunity that fits?

If your organization works within our focus areas, but no grant opportunity aligns with your services at this time, we still want to be part of your network. We value our role as a connector, partner and collaborator and welcome you to contact the Vice President of Community Impact, Noah Atencio.

Not a match for our impact areas?

Community First Foundation strengthens nonprofits in numerous ways. We can help you manage an endowment, connect with supporters through or facilitate meaningful discussions in our free meeting space.

Noah Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact
Raymael Blackwell
Program Officer
Kelly Degering
Grants Manager
Marybeth Goodwin
Program Officer
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