Reinvestment Fund, in its capacity as National Fund Manager for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative at USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, requests applications for America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program (HFFI TSG Program) for 2021.
Donor Name: Reinvestment Fund
Country: United States
State: All States
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/07/2021
Size of the Grant: $20,000 to $200,000
The purpose of HFFI is to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities by providing loans and grants to eligible fresh, healthy food retailers and enterprises to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas.
This Request for Applications (RFA) is for a Targeted Small Grants (TSG) program. The TSG program offers financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible fresh, healthy food retailers and enterprises.
At least $4,000,000 is available for grants for the 2021 HFFI Targeted Small Grants (TSG) program. Grant awards may be from $20,000 – $200,000. They expect to make 20-30 grant awards.
Applicants must propose a project in an eligible underserved area in order to be eligible for the program. Projects in underserved urban and Rural Areas are eligible. Underserved Areas, defined earlier in this RFA, means a community that has (I) limited access to affordable, Healthy Foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or farmer-to-consumer direct markets; and (II) a high rate of hunger or food insecurity or a high poverty rate. For the purposes of the TSG program, a project must be located:
- In a Census tract determined to be a Low-Income and Low-Supermarket-Access Census Tract by the United States Department of Agriculture in its Food Access Research Atlas.
- OR in a Census tract adjacent to a Census tract determined to be a Low-Income and Low Supermarket-Access Census Tracts by the United States Department of Agriculture in its Food Access Research Atlas; and which has a median family income less than or equal to 120 percent of the applicable Area Median Family Income.
- OR in a Geographic Unit as defined in 12CFR Part 1805.201(b)(3)(ii)(B), which—
- Individually meets at least one of the criteria in 12CFR Part 1805.201(b)(3)(ii)(D), and Meets the criteria as having low access to supermarket or grocery store through a methodology that has been adopted for use by another government or philanthropic healthy food initiative.
The TSG program will provide grants to eligible organizations in eligible Underserved Areas to implement a project that is designed to improve access to fresh, Healthy Food through food retail. The program will support projects aiming to strengthen, expand, and innovate within the food retail supply chain. The program could assist a variety of organizations, business models, and capital needs of ventures that process, distribute, aggregate, market, and sell healthy, fresh, and affordable foods to underserved communities and markets.
Individuals are not eligible.
For more information, visit Reinvestment Fund.