The Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) is a statewide loan and grant fund created to support businesses and other community initiatives that improve convenient access to affordable, healthy, and culturally relevant food.
Eligible projects improve health, build wealth, and fill gaps within the regional food system to serve high need and low-access areas. CO4F will use a food justice lens when evaluating potential projects. Food justice takes into account the structural roots that have led to unequal health and economic outcomes today, such as the historical policies and practices that still impact communities, which tend to manifest across lines of difference including race, gender, and class.
CO4F believes that access to financing for all entities dedicated to increasing access to healthy food will improve the well-being and health of Coloradoans living in underserved areas. CO4F also believes that by supporting these businesses and initiatives, we can support local economies by creating and retaining jobs, a secondary goal of the program. CO4F will collaborate with other financing sources, including local nonprofit lenders and commercial banks to meet its goals.
Generally, CO4F funding is intended to provide financing that is not available from conventional commercial lenders. The amount and type of financing (including grant awards) will typically depend on the availability of funds within the program, the need of the borrower, and nature of the project.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This pre-application form is the first step in the application process. Please feel free to reach out to Jazmin Bojorquez (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions!!