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Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to
Address Food Insecurity During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

Deadline Date:

09/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to address food insecurity and hunger resulting from the pandemic. Eligible applicants are located in and serve the residents of Denver.

This grant will expand critical emergency food, grocery, and meal programs for residents affected by COVID-19. A requirement of the Denver Emergency Food Relief funding is that it is spent on those affected by the COVID-19 virus including:

  • Seniors
  • Those lacking mobility
  • People with underlying health conditions
  • Those with disabilities
  • Families where a member has contracted the COVID-19 virus
  • Those who have been economically affected by the virus, e.g., if someone has lost a job due to business closure.  

Examples of how the funds may be used include but are not limited to:

  • Purchasing food
  • Food distribution
  • Food delivery
  • Staff time
  • Retrofitting facilities due to the increased demand for food services
  • Changes due to new sanitary standards as a result of COVID-19

Funds can only be used for those goods and services provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds cannot be used to meet a food need that existed before the pandemic.

Priority is also given to nonprofits that provide service to vulnerable populations including under-resourced or historically marginalized groups such as:

  • Communities of color
  • Older adults
  • People experiencing poverty or homelessness
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • People living with disabilities
  • Veterans

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191001

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant awards will be between $5,000 and $50,000 per grantee.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be spent before the end of 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Denver based nonprofits, food pantries, and emergency food providers are eligible to apply. Nonprofits must be located within the City and County of Denver and serve Denver residents with the grant funds.

Funds can only be used for those affected by COVID-19, not those who received food assistance before COVID-19. This is determined by comparing the number of people served before the pandemic to the number served now. For example, if the organization was serving 300 people per month prior to the pandemic, and is now serving 1,000 people, these funds may only be used for the additional 700 people served. The funds cannot be used to meet a food need that existed before the pandemic.

Priority neighborhoods include:
- Elyria- Swansea
- Globeville
- NE Parkhill
- East Colfax
- West Colfax
- Montbello
- Sun Valley
- Valverde
- Villa Park
- Westwood
- College View South
- Lincoln Park
- Barnum
- Athmar Park
- Goldsmith

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm on September 16, 2020.

Grant awards will be announced by September 30, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Marion Kalb

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Denver

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