FAQ: Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund

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Why did Community First Foundation create the Jeffco Hope Fund?

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.

What’s the fund’s purpose?

The fund has two primary purposes:

  • Provide financial support to Jefferson County nonprofit and government agencies responding to and impacted by COVID-19.
  • Encourage community participation through fundraising with an avenue for individual, corporate and other donors to contribute to the local community efforts.
How, when and where can people donate?

Individuals and businesses can donate now at Coloradogives.org/JeffcoHope.

 

How does my nonprofit apply? When will money be made available to nonprofits?

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

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Fundraising events
  • Private foundations
  • Endowments
  • Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind

REQUIREMENTS

Award Considerations

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.

What happens if the money runs out? Will there be more rounds as the fund grows?

Grant awards will be made until funds are exhausted. As community donations continue, future rounds will be considered. 

Why does the fund just support Jefferson County?

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.

Does the fund support individuals, too?

No. The Community First Foundation Jeffco Hope Fund supports Jefferson County’s nonprofits serving Jeffco communities.

How is the Foundation helping nonprofits outside of Jefferson County?

Community First Foundation’s giving platform, ColoradoGives.org, supports nonprofits throughout Colorado with their fundraising efforts.

Where can non-Jeffco nonprofits get support?

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.

If my nonprofit is not currently registered with Community First Foundation or ColoradoGives, can we still apply for support through this relief fund?

You do not need to have a prior relationship with Community First Foundation in order to apply for this funding.

Are there priorities for where money will be directed?

We are still developing priorities for additional rounds of funding and hope to share more in early 2021.

Questions?

For questions about eligibility, please contact Raymael Blackwell at rblackwell@CommunityFirstFoundation.org or 720.898.5915.

For any questions regarding technical assistance, please contact Kelly Degering at kdegering@CommunityFirstFoundation.org or 720.898.5935.

Noah Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact
720.898.5931
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