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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA For-Profits, Nonprofits, IHEs,
Agencies, and Tribes to Improve Nutrition in Underserved Areas

Targeted Small Grants (TSG) Program

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Reinvestment Fund - America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)

Deadline Date:

12/07/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time Receipt

Description:

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Grants and in-kind technical assistance to USA for-profit and nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and government and tribal agencies for programs to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete.

The purpose of America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities by providing financial and technical assistance to eligible fresh, healthy food retailers and enterprises to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas. 

The TSG program supports innovative fresh food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas through food retail. Grants could assist projects with a variety of aspects of project development, renovation, and/or expansion. 

In conjunction with the TSG program, Reinvestment Fund will also provide Technical Assistance (TA) to support selected early-stage projects where resources would help build local capacity to develop a food retail outlet or enterprise and would clarify or advance an eligible project. For more information about TA, see 
https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HFFI-2021-TSGP-RFA.pdf#page=12.

Eligible Locations:

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 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 more information, see https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HFFI-2021-TSGP-RFA.pdf#page=8.

Eligible Projects:

To be eligible for consideration for a grant from the TSG Program, applicants must describe a project that fulfills the following criteria:

  1. Plans to expand or preserve the availability of Staple and Perishable Foods in Underserved Areas (defined in Part I) with low- and moderate-income populations (defined in Part I); and
  2. If the project involves retail sales, accepts or plans to accept benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 USC 2011 et. Seq.).

For Use of Funds categories, see https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HFFI-2021-TSGP-RFA.pdf#page=16.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190666

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants:

20-30

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant award amounts may be from $20,000 to $200,000.

Eligible applicants to the TSG Program that are not selected for funding may be selected to apply for or receive Technical Assistance (TA). TA resources may include support with capacity building, identification of food access needs and potential interventions, project planning, market studies, feasibility studies, business planning, financial modeling, appraisals, and community or customer engagement.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take up to 12 months if they do not involve construction; projects that include construction may take up to 24 months. Grant periods should begin approximately when awards are made, in Spring 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- For-profit business enterprises (including a corporation, limited liability company, sole proprietor, public benefit corporation)
- 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

Individuals are not eligible.

Ineligible projects can be found at https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HFFI-2021-TSGP-RFA.pdf#page=11.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Letters of Interest: LOIs are due no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on December 7, 2021.
- Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Applications will be due 45 days after invitations are sent.

The 2021 HFFI Targeted Small Grants (TSG) program will have a two-phased application process.

Phase 1: Letter of Interest (LOI): The Letter of Interest (LOI) is the first step in the RFA process and is required for all applicants to express interest in grant funding from the TSG Program. Letters of Interest (LOIs) must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

The LOI submission phase includes applicant information, project information, budget information, and a brief narrative overview of the applicant’s proposed project, project location, community involved, organizational background, and project timeline.

Reinvestment Fund will screen all LOIs for eligibility based on submission requirements, applicant eligibility, project location, and project types. Eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application. Applicants will be contacted no earlier than January 2022 with the status of their LOI submission, and, if eligible, an invitation to submit a full application.

Phase 2: Application: Only eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application. Please do not submit a full application until you are invited to do so.

Full applications will require additional project information, operating projections, budget detail and budget narrative. Full applications will be due 45 days after the invitation to submit.

Applications will be evaluated and scored by a review panel based on the criteria in this RFA. Funding decisions will be made no earlier than April 2022. Selected grant award recipients will be notified of their selection electronically and should be ready to work with Reinvestment Fund to begin the Grant Agreement and funding process.

DUNS Number: Applicants must have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number. Organizations can obtain a number at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/. There is no cost to obtain a DUNS number. It may take 2 or more business days to obtain a DUNS number; however, applicants should request a DUNS number at least a month before the deadline, because a DUNS number is needed for SAM (defined below) registration.

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration: Applicants are required to maintain an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) until the application process is complete. If an applicant is selected to receive a grant award, SAM registration must be active throughout the life of the award. Organizations can register with SAM at https://sam.gov/SAM/.

FAQs:
https://www.investinginfood.com/faq/

Eligibility:
https://www.investinginfood.com/eligibility/

How to Apply:
https://www.investinginfood.com/apply/

Technical Assistance:
https://www.investinginfood.com/technical-assistance/

Recorded Webinar:
https://bit.ly/HFFIWebinar101321

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://reinvestmentfund.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

HFFI Program Contact:
Molly Hartman, Program Director, Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Olivia Chatman, Program Associate, Food Initiatives
Email: help@investinginfood.com
Phone: 215-574-5862 (Please leave a voicemail if the phone line isn’t answered. Someone will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible).

Address:
Reinvestment Fund
Attn: Healthy Food Financing Initiative
1700 Market Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects in underserved urban and Rural Areas are eligible. For more information, see https://www.investinginfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HFFI-2021-TSGP-RFA.pdf#page=8.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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