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Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program

 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.872
Sponsors
Reinvestment Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deadlines
Feb 14, 2019
Contact
Purpose

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program provides financial assistance to support projects that improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low income communities. The program funds projects intended to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low and moderate-income populations by maintaining or increasing the number of retail outlets that offer an assortment of perishable and staple foods in those areas. Projects must accept or plans to accept benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Eligible uses of funds may include, but are not limited to:

  • Predevelopment costs such as:
    • Market studies
    • Feasibility studies
    • Financial modeling
    • Appraisals
    • Consumer surveys
    • Cooperative governance support
    • Architectural plans
    • Environmental assessments
    • Energy audits
    • Succession planning
    • Financial and development consultants
  • Machinery and equipment purchases
  • Inventory
  • Purchase of delivery vehicle to provide increased healthy food access in an underserved community
  • Purchase of existing business assets (and/or capital assets) to retain healthy food access in a community
  • Investments in technology including new point of sale systems, online ordering capacity, and accounting or back office software
  • Non-revenue generating, one-time project costs, such as employee training

Priority will be given to projects that are located or targeted for very low-income communities and have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Create or retain quality jobs for low-income residents in the community
  • Support regional food systems and locally grown food to the maximum extent possible
  • Be accessible by public transit in areas served by public transit
  • Involve women- or minority-owned businesses
  • Receive funding from other sources, including other federal agencies
  • Be located in, or serve, a rural area
Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Partnerships
  • For-profit organizations:
    • Corporations
    • Limited liability companies
    • Sole proprietors
    • Public benefit corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations:
    • Institutions of higher education
    • State and local governments and governmental agencies
    • Authorities
    • Commissions
    • Food policy councils
    • Tribal governments and tribal governmental agencies, authorities, and food policy councils
Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Amount of funding

The total amount of all current available funding is $1,800,000. The funds will be awarded as grants for financial or technical assistance. There is no commitment to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards. In general, grants are expected to fall in the range of $25,000 - $250,000.

Projects can be non-construction or construction projects. Non-construction projects will have one 12-month project and budget period. Projects that involve construction may have a project and budget period up to 24 months.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions are available on the program website.

Completed applications may be emailed to info@investinginfood.com.

Electronic Applications must be received by February 14, 2019. Paper applications time and date stamped on February 14, 2019 will be accepted until 5pm on February 19, 2019.

Mailing and delivery address:
Reinvestment Fund
1700 Market Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Attention: Healthy Food Financing Initiative: Targeted Small Grants Program – Financial Assistance

Tagged as
Capital funding · Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Poverty



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