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In addition to the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, other federal grant programs can be used to support your project, even if at first glance they do not appear to have anything to do with improving healthy food access. The key to tapping these funds is to demonstrate that your project fulfills the agency’s mission and program objectives.
For example, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Assistance Program provides economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs and lead to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transformation Grant Program gives federal grants to state and local public health departments to support community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides funds to state and local agencies to invest in community revitalization projects.
You can easily make the case that building a grocery store in a low-income community, launching a corner store initiative to incentivize owners to stock healthy snacks, or starting a regional food hub that sources locally grown produce from small and socially disadvantaged farmers would fulfill these program goals.
Here are some resources that can help identify additional federal grant funds suitable for your healthy food project:
- CDFI Fund Financial Resources Catalogue
- USDA Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
- USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Portal
- USDA Grant Opportunities
Check out www.grants.gov for a comprehensive listing of all federal grant programs.