Community First Foundation created the Jeffco Hope Fund to strengthen and stabilize Jefferson County community organizations responding to and impacted by COVID. Initially seeded with $1 million, we’re investing another $2 million in 2021 to continue supporting Jeffco nonprofits combating the pandemic’s impacts in our community.
The fund has two primary purposes:
Individuals and businesses can donate now at Coloradogives.org/JeffcoHope.
To be considered for this grant opportunity, applicants headquartered or who have a physical location in Jefferson County, CO (Jeffco) must demonstrate a recent history (within the past year) of providing services or support to Jeffco residents. Organizations that are not headquartered and do not have a physical location in Jeffco must have a recent history (within the past year) of providing services in Jeffco and be able to demonstrate at least 50% or more of its clients served are Jeffco residents.
Before You Apply
Round 3 of the Jeffco Hope Fund seeks to support Jeffco-focused nonprofits that are working to address domestic & family violence, urgent mental health or urgent substance abuse needs. Organizations who received funding in Rounds 1 or 2 from Jeffco Hope Funds may also apply for Round 3.
Who Should Apply
Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or government equivalent. Eligible applicants must be recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3), government equivalent or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.
Jeffco-Focused Work. To be considered for this grant opportunity, applicants headquartered or who have a physical location in Jefferson County, Colo. (Jeffco) must demonstrate a recent history (within the past year) of providing services or support to Jeffco residents. Organizations that are not headquartered and do not have a physical location in Jeffco must have a recent history (within the past year) of providing services in Jeffco and be able to demonstrate at least 50% or more of its clients served are Jeffco residents.
Willing to share data. The Foundation intends to use the information about the organizations that apply to inform a broader collective impact approach that is in development in Jefferson County (Jeffco). By submitting a grant request, applicants agree to allow the Foundation to use or share information contained in the grant application to inform community-level data initiatives and establish a network that will be accessible to a public audience.
What We Will Fund
General operating funds for organizations that are working to mitigate the domestic & family violence, urgent mental health needs, or urgent substance abuse needs exacerbated by COVID-19.
What We Will Not Fund
General operating support ranging from $2,500- $15,000 will be made on a rolling basis as funds remain available. Priority consideration will be given to those applications received by March 22, 2021.
Grant Award Payment
The Foundation is requiring organizations receiving a grant award to submit banking information so that the grant award can be transmitted directly to your bank account via ACH (Automated Clearing House). If your organization is on ColoradoGives.org, the Foundation will use the bank account you have designated for the receipt of distributions from the site. If your organization is not on ColoradoGives.org, you will receive instructions by email on how to securely submit your bank account information.
Grant awards will be made until funds are exhausted. As community donations continue, future rounds will be considered.
Community First Foundation wants all Jeffco communities to have the opportunity to thrive. We aim to achieve the extraordinary by activating people, ideas and resources to make good possible in Jefferson County.
No. The Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund supports Jefferson County’s nonprofits serving Jeffco communities.
Community First Foundation’s giving platform, ColoradoGives.org, supports nonprofits throughout Colorado with their fundraising efforts.
Governor Polis launched joint efforts to raise statewide relief funds and volunteer efforts to address the COVID-19 public health crisis. You can apply, donate to the statewide fund or volunteer at Help Colorado Now.
You do not need to have a prior relationship with Community First Foundation in order to apply for this funding.
We are still developing priorities for additional rounds of funding and hope to share more in early 2021.