Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
02/22/22 10:00 PM
Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia nonprofits, for-profits, individuals, farms, and organizations to eliminate food-related disparities and address food insecurity. Applicants must attend a webinar, submit a pre-proposal, and contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist new or established food retailers that are responding to food access concerns and challenges in historically marginalized communities. Grants may be used for seed money or funds for implementation, such as site development or the purchase of equipment.
The VFAIF program has been developed using the Equitable Food-Oriented Development model, a development strategy that uses food and agriculture to create economic opportunities and healthy neighborhoods and that explicitly seeks to build community assets, pride, and power by and with historically marginalized communities.
For the purposes of this program, historically marginalized communities are defined as minority or underserved, as well as those experiencing low food access. In these communities, the objectives of this program are to:
Eligible projects include the business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of:
For information about project prioritization, see page 2 of the Grant Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 195124
Grant award amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project, per year.
Successful projects may apply for additional funding in subsequent years upon completion of the previous project (for instance, an applicant could receive $10,000 to purchase refrigeration in year one and then apply for $50,000 to expand processing capability in year two).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Sara Santa Cruz, Coordinator
Virginia Food Access Investment Fund
Please schedule pre-proposal meetings and technical assistance via Calendly: http://calendly.com/sara-santacruz-1
102 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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