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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Are you working on a state and local policy initiative or project supported by a federal HFFI grant or loan not included in this database? Do you have a funding opportunity you would like to post? Let us know at info@healthyfoodaccess.org or visit the Contact Us page. 

Illinois

Funding

FY18 HFFI-CDFI Notice of Funding Availability

Opportunity Type: Healthy Food Financing
Funder Type: Federal Government
Funder: CDFI Fund
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: April 4, 2018

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Private
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Federal Government
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: January 24, 2018

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

Visit the USDA website for more information.

2018 RFA - Farm to School Grant

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Federal Government
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: December 8, 2017

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Federal Government
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: December 13, 2017

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Federal Government
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: December 4, 2017

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)

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Federal Government
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: July 24, 2017

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Nonprofit
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: July 31, 2017

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

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Multi-Funder Partnership
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: July 21, 2017

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.

Voices for Healthy Kids Incubator Grants

Opportunity Type: Grants
Funder Type: Multi-Funder Partnership
Geography: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Due Date: July 21, 2017

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.

Incubator Opportunity

The Strategic Campaign Fund Incubator opportunity aims to support innovative advocacy approaches that align with Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Incubator opportunities should identify additional partners and strategies through the empowered engagement of populations that are in the greatest need for helping all children achieve a healthy weight. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating $15,000 - $30,000 funding per award for a period of up to one year.

 

Federal Policy Efforts (State-specific)

IFF

Geography: Illinois

IFF used HFFI financing to establish the Healthy Food Access Program to finance both forprofit and nonprofit grocery stores in areas without access to fresh and healthy food. To date, IFF’s HFFI eligible investments have resulted in the creation over 147,000 ft2 of real estate acquired and/or rehabbed in 9 USDA food deserts in IL, IA, IN, WI, and MO. IFF has developed a unique fresh food financing program to provide essential capital to support the development of retail grocery stores in low-access areas to meet a broad spectrum of financing needs for grocery store developers and operators. In the past year, IFF has also provided HFFI financing to nonprofits, such as a school and health museum, to support these organizations efforts to promote healthy eating/fresh food through education, outreach, and programming through a demonstration kitchen and a farmers market exhibition. IFF’s HFFI financing activities and projects have advanced broader place-based strategies including the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation’s Oakwood Shores redevelopment (Bronzeville Mariano’s). Given the high rates of diet related disease and obesity in the low-income communities that IFF serves, a core element of IFF program design is to require grocers to lead and/or support local efforts to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits. IFF projects in Illinois have helped renovate or open grocery stores such as Saver's Fresh Market Roseland, Lena’s Food Market, Pogue’s Run Grocer, IRE-Foods, and Pershing King Drive LLC. You can find more information here.

Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program

Note: IFF is a CDFI headquartered in Illinois that is using HFFI financing in Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

​​​​​​​Emerson Park Development Corporation

Geography: Illinois

The Emerson Park Development Corporation is using HFFI financing to create a supermarket in the Vieux Carre Shopping Plaza in a part of East Saint Louis, Illinois, that is underserved by grocery stores. The 14,535-square-foot supermarket will increase healthy food access for thousands of local and rural consumers. The project will create 24 jobs, of which 18 will be reserved for low-income individuals. These jobs will provide livable wages with benefits and career development opportunities. You can find more information here.

Source of money: HFFI CED Program

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Geography: Illinois

Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) is using HFFI financing to fund a pipeline of projects that include innovative approaches to food production such as urban farms, creative additions to food processing such as business incubators, and the addition of distribution centers such as farmers markets and supermarkets in underserved areas.  One project is the TurkeyChop in Chicago, Illinois, a restaurant that makes a difference in communities of color that lack healthy choices by providing leaner meat options with less fat and salt. You can find more information here.

Source of money: HFFI CDFI-Financial Assistance Program

State & Local Policy Efforts

Illinois Fresh Food Fund

Geography: Illinois

In 2007 the Illinois Food Marketing Task Force, convened by Voices for Illinois Children, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Illinois Food Retailers Association, and The Food Trust, met to develop recommendations to overcome the barriers to supermarket and other fresh food retail access that plagues many communities throughout the state.  This effort gave way to the Illinois Fresh Food Fund, a statewide grocery financing program designed to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities in Illinois. This new program was one of the 10 policy recommendations put forth by the Task Force.

Governor Pat Quinn announced the launch of the new fund in 2012. The state worked with IFF, a community development financial institution (CDFI), to administer the program and provide initial funding for the initiative in the form of a $10-million grant. An additional $3 million in funding was secured by IFF through the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative.

In addition to healthy food retail, the program supports community engagement programs, including efforts to improve nutrition education, and nonprofits focused on healthy food production, distribution, access and education in underserved communities count on us for the capital solutions and real estate services they need to maintain, equip, improve, and expand their facilities. The program is modeled after the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, the New York Healthy Food and Healthy Communities Fund, and similar programs across the country. For more information, go to the Illinois Fresh Food Fund.

For a full understanding of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives from advocacy to implementation, see The Food Trust’s Healthy Food Financing Handbook.