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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
Jul 10, 2020

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.

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

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
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The total amount of all current available funding is $3,000,000. The funds will be awarded as grants for financial or technical assistance. In general, grants are expected to fall in the range of $20,000 - $200,000, and the program intends to make 20-30 awards.

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, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Applicant webinar recording

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

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