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Healthy Food Financing Program - Business Loan/Grant Application

Grants and Loans to Alabama Nonprofits, For-Profits
and Agencies to Increase the Availability of Nutritious Food

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Deadline Date:

12/20/17 5:00 PM CST


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Grants and forgivable loans of up to $50,000 to Alabama nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to increase the availability of nutritious and fresh food for underserved, low- and moderate-income populations. The purpose of this program is to offer assistance to interested parties seeking to address food deserts in their communities.

Potential projects may comprise of grocery stores, expansion or renovation of grocery stores, installation of cold/freezer equipment in existing stores, mobile grocery vans and delivery, food banks, farmers markets, and other venues that will help to bring healthy foods to families in food desert areas. The financial feasibility and long-term sustainability of the project will drive the funding decision.

The Healthy Food Financing Fund is established to assist retailers with the construction or expansion of grocery stores to expand access to fresh produce and other nutritious foods in underserved communities. At least 25 percent of the monies in the Fund will be expended in the form of grants or forgivable loans. Also, up to 10 percent of the monies in the Fund may be used for administrative and operational costs.

The projects will be submitted through a formal application process and must meet eligibility requirements as follows:
1. Financing request must be for construction of new grocery stores, renovation or expansion of stores, or infrastructure upgrades that improve the availability and quality of fresh produce and other healthy foods.
2. The project must be in a low- or moderate-income area and must serve an underserved community.
3. The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to successfully implement the project and further demonstrate that the project will be economically self-sustaining.
4. The proforma shall demonstrate ability to repay debt.
5. At least for a period of five years, applicant agrees to allocate no less than 30 percent of retail space for the sale of perishable foods including fresh or frozen dairy, fresh produce, whole grains, fresh meats, poultry and fish.

Healthy Food Financing Funds can be used for following purposes:
1. Site acquisition and preparation
2. Construction and build-out costs
3. Equipment and furnishing
4. Workforce training and security
5. Pre-development costs such as market studies and appraisals
6. Energy efficiency measures
7. Working capital for first-time inventory and startup costs

The project financing decision will include the following considerations:
1. Level of need in the area
2. Degree to which the project requires an investment of public financing
3. Degree to which the project will have a positive economic impact including new or retained jobs for local residents
4. Degree to which the project will participate in state and local health department initiatives to educate consumers on nutrition and healthy eating habits

As much as possible, the project must hire local residents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182412

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Estimated Size of Grant:

ADECA’s assistance will not exceed $50,000 per project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant may be a for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental entity.

Pre-Application Information:

DECA’s assistance will be up to 50 percent of the project cost.

Applications are due by Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:00 PM CST.

Contact Information:

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

If there are any questions about this program, please contact:

Elaine Patterson
(334) 353-5360

Shabbir Olia
(334} 242-5468

Send this application with attachments to:

Kenneth Boswell, Director
Healthy Food Financing Program
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Post Office Box 5690
Montgomery, Alabama 36103

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USA: Alabama