Reinvestment Fund is inviting applications for financial and technical assistance through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) inaugural grants program. Funding for the HFFI grants program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. As the National Fund Manager, Reinvestment Fund is offering financial resources and expertise to eligible healthy food retail projects to expand access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities.
HFFI is making available $1.8 million in assistance to support eligible fresh food retail projects to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas. To be eligible for assistance, healthy food retail projects must: 1) plan to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low and moderate-income populations; and 2) accepts or plans to accept benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). The application and additional information is available through www.investinginfood.com. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2019.
Reinvestment Fund will hold a webinar on January 8, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET to confirm details about the application process and answer questions. Registration for the webinar is required.