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Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.872
Reinvestment Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dec 7, 2021

Molly Hartman


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 plan to accept benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT).

Grants will be one-time capital investments into a food retail or food enterprise project. Funds may assist with a variety of project needs, including pre-development; brick and mortar facility development; other hard capital costs; equipment needs; and one-time soft costs including training, consulting needs, marketing, or merchandising.


Eligible applicants include:

  • For-profit business enterprises
  • Cooperatively-owned businesses
  • Tax-exempt nonprofit corporations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • State and local governments and governmental agencies, authorities, commissions, and food policy councils
  • Tribal governments and tribal governmental agencies, authorities, and food policy councils

Applicants must propose a project in an eligible underserved rural or urban area that has limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or farmer-to-consumer direct markets; a high rate of hunger or food insecurity; and/or a high poverty rate.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $200,000
Award floor: $20,000
Project period: 12-24 months
Estimated number of awards: 20-30
Estimated total program funding: $4,000,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website and the USDA website.

Submit an online letter of interest by December 7, 2021. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

October 13, 2021 applicant webinar recording

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

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