Find Money & Policy Efforts by State
Search by State is an interactive tool that can be used to find resources and information organized by state. The database includes information on the following.
- Policy Efforts and Impacts: federal, state and local policy efforts
- Funding Opportunities by Type: grants, loans, Healthy Food Financing/HFFI, incentives, and tax credits
To use the tool, follow these three easy steps:
- Find your state by clicking on the map below or scrolling down the list of states
- Customize your search by selecting or deselecting the filter options under Policy Efforts & Impacts and Funding
- Click "Set Filter" to view your results.
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FY18 HFFI-CDFI Notice of Funding Availability
The CDFI Program offers Healthy Food Financing Initiative-Financial Assistance awards in the form of loans, grants, equity investments, deposits, and credit union shares to CDFIs that are interested in expanding their healthy food financing activities.
In FY 2018, HFFI-FA will serve as a supplemental funding opportunity under the CDFI Program and NACA Program for eligible CDFIs and Native CDFIs that express an interest in expanding their healthy food-focused financing activities and are selected to receive FA awards under the FY 2018 rounds of the CDFI Program or NACA Program. For additional details about eligibility, application requirements, and available funding under the HFFI-FA program, please view the CDFI Program and/or NACA Program NOFAs.
The CDFI Fund plans to award approximately $22 million for Healthy Food Financing Initiative Financial Assistance (HFFI-FA) awards in FY 2018.
For information on application Q&A webinars, click here.
2018 Grant Cycle - The FruitGuys Community Fund
The FruitGuys Community Fund, established in 2012 as a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, grew out of The Farm Steward Program at The FruitGuys, a national fruit distribution company based in South San Francisco. Between 2008 and 2011, the Farm Steward Program gave grants to small farms for environmental sustainability efforts. In 2013, the Community Fund awarded its first five grants to farms in California and Pennsylvania.
Each year The Fruit Guys award grants ranging from $2,000-$5,000 for projects that help small farms and/or orchards operate more sustainably, both environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach. Some examples of sustainability projects may include (but are not limited to): planting of cover crops to help with water management and soil fertility; planting pollinator-attracting perennials and/or installing beehives; installation of bat boxes or owl boxes to attract predators and keep rodent numbers down; installation of high tunnels or hoop houses to extend the growing season.
USDA Value Added Producer Grants
The USDA's Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.
Program Funding: $18 million
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000
Matching Funds Requirements: 50 percent of total project costs
Who may apply for this program?
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation are eligible to apply for this program.
How may funds be used?
Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include:
- Processing costs
- Marketing and advertising expenses
- Some inventory and salary expenses
2018 RFA - Healthy Food Small Retailer Program
Through the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program (HFSRP) funding cycle, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) anticipates awarding approximately $225,000 in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to nutrient-dense foods in North Carolina food deserts. Funds will be used to provide refrigeration, freezer and shelving equipment to help small retailers stock healthier choices for their communities. Grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, subject to availability of state funds. Applicants who apply by January 31 will receive priority consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until March 30 subject to availability of funds. Individual equipment grant awards will be up to $25,000.
To qualify for consideration of funding, retail stores must meet the following criteria:
- Store location must be in a food desert;
- Maximum 3,000 heated square feet;
- Established for-profit entity;
- Store has not previously received funds from the HFSRP;
- Accept or agree to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits; and
- Accept or agree to apply to accept Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits.
The priority deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. Applications will continue to be accepted until March 30 or until funds are depleted.
Application form and program updates can be found on the HFSRP website: www.ncagr.gov/HealthyRetailer
Since 2013, the North Carolina Alliance for Health and its members and partners have advocated for the creation of a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative. Members and partners include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs, MomsRising, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, North Carolina Conservation Network, Youth Empowered Solutions, Self-Help Credit Union, North Carolina Dietetic Association, The Food Trust and many more. The state budget passed in 2016 included $250,000 to pilot the initiative. The 2017 state budget included an additional $250,000 in funding.
2018 RFA - Farm to School Grant
In this funding cycle USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000-$50,000 and implementation grant awards will from $50,000-$100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $20,000-$50,000. For all three types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Therefore, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the total project. The total project cost is the federal grant request amount plus the applicant match. The RFA and other helpful documents are located under "Related Documents" on grants.gov:
2018 RFA - Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to incentivize the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP clients. The FINI grant program is collaboratively administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
NIFA requests applications for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The anticipated amount available for NIFA to support this program in FY 2018 is approximately $21 million. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2018. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.
The deadline to submit proposals December 13, 2017 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Read the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for more information.
2018 RFA - Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is awarding more than $8.6 million in available funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and self-reliant food systems through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. The primary goals of the program are to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. Grants aim to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.
All grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. They are intended to support the development of projects with a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out self-sustaining, multipurpose community food projects. Community Food Projects can be funded up to $400,000 over the course of 48 months. Planning Projects may be funded up to $35,000 for the total project period, which is one year.
Eligible applicants include public food program service providers, tribal organizations, and private nonprofit entities.
2017 Community Economic Development Projects (HHS)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $17.2 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit individuals with low income to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and to ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects, however, short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature. OCS is encouraging applications from CDCs to target rural areas and underserved areas in states without current projects. Furthermore, OCS is encouraging projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program.
Food Co-op Initiative Seed Grants
The 2017 application window is July 15 through July 31, 2017.
Food Co-op Initiative Seed Grants were created to provide early development capital for retail food co-op organizing groups that wish to partner with us in their endeavor of starting a food co-op. In addition to the grant award, we will commit to regular follow-up and assistance with your team.
Applicants must be developing a retail food cooperative organization, and fully understand the cooperative structure, values, and principles. They should be working under a consumer (owner/member) cooperative model. They must be incorporated as a cooperative or in another manner and operate under bylaws and policies consistent with the International Cooperative Principles. They should be able to articulate a clear vision, and have organized a strong, committed team to their endeavor. Priority is given to co-ops with a high likelihood of feasibility, potential for significant community impact, and evidence of strong partnerships and support.
While the 2017 Seed Grant Applications are not yet available, you may review the 2016 application form for planning purposes. More info on the 2016 application process, which should be very similar in 2017.
Voices for Healthy Kids Open RFA
Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. All grants awarded within these opportunities will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Applications should support one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever and be submitted by the deadline of July 21, 2017 - 5 PM PST.
Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, local or tribal geographic location. We are not awarding regional grants, multi-location funding, multi-issue area, or support for technical assistance-based support strategies. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating grants up to $90,000 per award for a period of up to one year with potential renewal.
Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)
Goler Street Depot Renaissance Corporation
Goler Street Depot Renaissance Corporation (GSDRC) is using HFFI financing to support the opening of a new social enterprise restaurant and four community programs designed to improve healthy food access for nearby residents. The restaurant will serve as an anchor in the Goler community and provide new employment opportunities, while community programs will engage residents in growing, cooking, and selling healthy food. Project funds will allow for creation of the new, full-service restaurant, an expansion of catering services, and a new retail shop. The project will create 33 full-time, permanent jobs. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CED Program
Green Opportunities Inc.
Located in Asheville, Green Opportunities (GO) is providing support and start-up capital for three food-related social enterprises: an urban agriculture enterprise, a community kitchen, and a grocery store. GO is also converting a closed elementary school into a community center/workforce training center and incubator.
Gardens United, the urban agriculture enterprise, currently includes gardens in Pisgah View and Hillcrest Housing Developments. GO is working with growers to develop organizational structures and a business plan for year-round food production. Food grown will be sold through a variety of outlets and distributed to residents of the community. Additional land will be cultivated at the W.C. Reid Center once renovations are complete. Building on GO’s Kitchen Ready culinary training program, the Community Kitchen prepares healthy meals from fresh, local produce. Sandwiches, wraps and healthy snacks are made from scratch and are affordable to residents living in food deserts. The third food-related social enterprise includes a venue for selling and distributing fresh, affordable food. Feasibility studies are currently being conducted with local partners. The store will sell produce from the gardens and meals from the kitchen in addition to a variety of affordable groceries.
The social enterprises will create at least 34 full-time jobs for mostly low-income people along the French Broad River and improve access to fresh, affordable, and nutritious foods. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CED Program
Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Self-Help Federal Credit Union is a certified CDFI that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for all, especially people of color, rural residents, and low-wealth families and communities. Self-Help is using HFFI financing to support its Healthy Foods System Lending Initiative, which will provide essential growth capital to improve the health and quality of life in low-wealth communities, particularly those in North Carolina. Self-Help’s healthy food lending history dates back to 1988 when we made a series of small loans that helped to establish a community-based cooperative grocer. We aim to support the entire food system and seek out borrowers that are committed to protecting the environment and creating quality jobs. Self-Help’s affiliates have provided 34 loans totaling more than $9 million within the healthy foods sector, reaching food co-ops, local grocers, distributors, and sustainable producers. Self-Help also plays a role as a non-profit real estate developer and property manager. In this capacity, the organization just completed a facility for a startup food cooperative in Durham, North Carolina and is breaking ground on a similar co-op project in Greensboro, NC. You can find more information here.
Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program
State & Local Policy Efforts
North Carolina Healthy Food Small Retailer Program
Since 2013, the North Carolina Alliance for Health and its members and partners have advocated for the creation of a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative. Members and partners include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, North Carolina Alliance of YMCA’s, MomsRising, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, North Carolina Conservation Network, Youth Empowered Solutions, Self-Help Credit Union, North Carolina Dietetic Association, The Food Trust, and many more. The state budget passed in 2016 included $250,000 to pilot the initiative, formally known as the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program. The 2017 state budget included an additional $250,000 in funding. The program is housed in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
For more information visit www.ncallianceforhealth.org/healthy-corner-store-initiative or email email@example.com.
The North Carolina Alliance for Health and partners continue to advocate for recurring funds for the program.
Background and Advocacy: North Carolina Alliance for Health
In the spring of 2013, in response to food access issues in her own district, Representative Yvonne Holley (D-Wake) introduced House Bill 957, Food Desert Zones, raising the level of awareness of food access issues with the Speaker of the House and other majority party lawmakers. This bill resulted in the House Committee on Food Desert Zones, which held four meetings between January and April 2014. Throughout the winter and early spring, the North Carolina Alliance for Health and partners worked extensively with the chairs of the Committee, Representatives Edgar Starnes (R-Caldwell) and Chris Whitmire (R- Henderson, Polk, Transylvania), who later became a primary sponsor of HB 250, to develop agendas for the committee meetings. The House Study Committee on Food Desert Zones issued recommendations during its final meeting in April 2014.
On March 17, 2015, HB 250, Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act and companion bill SB 296 were filed. The primary sponsors of HB 250 were Representative Yvonne Holley (D-Wake), Chris Whitmire (R-Henderson, Polk, Transylvania), Brian Brown (R-Pitt), and Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth). The primary sponsors of HB 296 were Senators Don Davis (D-Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne) and Louis Pate (R-Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne). On June 18, 2015, HB 250 passed the full House by a vote of 82-32 and $1 million was included in the House’s version of the budget. Neither HB 250 nor SB 296 were considered by the Senate that year. However, on July 1, 2016, the NC General Assembly passed budget adjustments, which included $250,000 for the creation of a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative. On June 28, 2017, the General Assembly passed a new budget, which also included $250,000 for the program.