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Denver Food Security Grant (DFSG)

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

Closed September 12, 2022


About

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to widespread impacts on Denver’s food security. Emergency food providers and pantries have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for their services. Food insecurity has surged above the pre-crisis rate of 11% to an estimated 33% of Denver's population since the beginning of the pandemic. Communities of color have been some of the hardest hit as a result of COVID-19. These communities suffer greater health impacts from both the virus and inadequate access to healthy foods. To help address these needs, Denver granted out funding through the Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund program through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in 2020 and 2021. These grants expanded critical emergency food, grocery, and meal programs for residents affected by COVID-19.

Denver is opening up a fourth round of funding in August 2022 with funds from the federal Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Health Disparities Grant through the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. The goal of this new grant opportunity is to address capacity building needs of food pantries and emergency food providers to be better prepared to respond to future crises. The Denver Food Security Grant supports the coordination of access to food resources and other more resilient food support services for food insecure individuals and families. Specifically, this includes increased client enrollment in SNAP, and other federal nutrition programs, operational improvements, and leadership development. The grants are intended to expand critical infrastructure needs for emergency food providers while also building capacity to respond to future emergency situations.

How can the Denver Food Security Grant funds be used?

NOTE: Funds cannot be used for food. They can be used for the following:

  • Services to sign up clients for SNAP or other federal nutrition programs, including equipment such as iPads or phones

  • Food pantry infrastructure improvements – refrigerators, freezers, shelving, hand carts, outdoor heaters, tables, retrofitting due to changes in sanitary standards as a result of COVID-19, electrical and plumbing upgrades, distribution and transportation

  • Staff capacity – building capacity and leadership skills of organization’s staff and volunteers, including technical assistance

  • Language interpretation and translation of materials

  • Communications and educational materials or content

For equipment, supplies or infrastructure costing greater than $5,000, organizations receiving funds will need to submit additional paperwork and obtain additional approvals.


Eligibility

The Denver Food Security Grant will provide grant assistance to eligible Denver nonprofits. The Denver Food Security Grants must be spent on building the capacity of emergency food providers and food pantries to better respond to future crises such as COVID-19. Nonprofit agencies that are incorporated as a 501(c)3 and registered with the State of Colorado are eligible to apply. This includes those agencies with a fiscal sponsor incorporated as a 501(c)3 and registered in the State of Colorado. Nonprofits must be located within the City and County of Denver, or within 1 mile of its border, and serve Denver residents.

Nonprofit agencies that are incorporated as a 501(c)3 and registered with the State of Colorado are eligible to apply. This includes those agencies with a fiscal sponsor incorporated as a 501(c)3 and registered in the State of Colorado. Nonprofits must be located in the City and County of Denver or within 1 mile of the city/county border and serve Denver residents with awarded funds.


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Details

Release Date

August 26, 2022

Deadline

September 12, 2022

Organization

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Minimum Award Amount

$5,000

Maximum Award Amount

$30,000

Total Program Funding

$175,000


Updated November 2, 2022

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