Jeffco Food System: From Emergency Response to Recovery

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Reimagining a Jeffco Food System that Meets the Needs of All

Jefferson County (Jeffco) Public Health and Community First Foundation believe it’s hard to thrive when you cannot meet your most essential needs – access to food being one of those. Together in partnership with community-led organizations, we’re working toward a vision that all Jeffco residents have the opportunity to thrive through equitable access to food that is locally produced, nutritious and meets cultural preferences.

The COVID pandemic significantly increased food insecurity and disruptions to our local food supply. Prior the COVID pandemic, 9.1% of Coloradans and 10% of Jeffco residents were experiencing food insecurity, but since the pandemic began, this percentage has quadrupled. We want all communities in Jeffco to thrive, which is why we are investing $1,700,000 in grant funds for food system recovery and improvement efforts.

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Jeffco-Centered Approach

We designed this RFP with the big picture in mind. Our goal is a resilient food system in Jeffco that ensures everyone has access to nutritious, affordable food we want to eat. We know a food system like this takes time. Because it’s a long-term goal, we will also support efforts that ensure people have access to nutritious and affordable food today.

Our vision includes:

  • Building a local food system that ensures equitable access to nutritious, locally-produced food that reflects cultural preferences.
  • Supporting Jeffco farmers and food producers by helping them rebuild, maintain, and sustain current and future food supply to prevent disruption.
Read: Recovery, Rebuilding, and Resilience: Centering Community to Create a Food Secure Jefferson County
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Grant Details

Objective: Invest $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.

Sponsors: Community First Foundation and Jefferson County Public Health

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) Nonprofits and/or government equivalents, as well as small food and farm businesses with a recent track record of service to Jefferson County residents.

What We Will Fund
Unrestricted, program, infrastructure and capacity-building, demonstration projects; capital and/or equipment expenses with a focus on building long-term infrastructure and/or informing long-term system change.

Important Dates and Contacts

Application Period: Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, July 2, 2021
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. (MST) on July 2. The online application system will not allow incomplete proposals or submissions after 5 p.m.

Grant Webinar: June 11, 2021
Community First Foundation and Jefferson County Public Health invite you to learn more about an exciting collaborative grant opportunity.

Award Notifications: Mid-August 2021
All applicants will be notified of their application status.

Contact Marybeth Goodwin for questions about the application.

Contact Marissa Silverberg at for questions about Jeffco’s food systems.

Si necesita ayuda para revisar y enviar la solicitud en español, comuníquese con Marissa Silverberg en a más tardar el 18 de junio.

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Membership for Jeffco Nonprofits

Community First Foundation is partnering with Catchafire, an online platform of professionals who donate their time to support and strengthen the social good sector. Catchafire connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more.

Let us help you put forward your best application by connecting you with a Catchafire volunteer to review your ideas and offer strategic input on your potential grant proposal (or any other project you’ve been scratching your head about). Community First Foundation offers this service at no cost to you to support Jeffco nonprofits as they build capacity and thrive!

This grant opportunity is coming fast and applications are due July 2. Review the RFP for eligibility requirements, then move quickly to take advantage of this free membership. If you working in Jeffco’s food system and are headquartered in or serving Jeffco, you should be eligible. Complete this form by June 18 for consideration.

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