Improving Access to Healthy Food
New Funding Opportunity: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) released its fiscal year FY 2014 Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program). The Administration’s FY 2014 Budget for the CDFI Fund requests $35 million for Healthy Food Financing Initiative Financial Assistance awards. Applications are due by December 23, 2013. See here for more information.
This year, for FY 2013, the Community Economic Development (CED) program at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $9.4 million to 14 CDCs and the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund made $22.3 million in grants to ten CDFIs for a broad range of HFFI projects. The 24 grantees will invest in grocery stores, food hubs, urban farms, mobile farmers’ markets and other community projects that will improve access to healthy food, create jobs, and revitalize economically distressed urban and rural communities. For summaries of HFFI projects funded by HHS click here. The CDFI’s Fund description of HFFI program awards can be found here. In 2012, $32 million was distributed to grantees across the country with $10 million through the CED program and $22 million through CDFI fund. In 2011 agencies were able to use existing authority and resources to provide $45 million for HFFI projects in 2011.
The three agencies, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and USDA, have released a joint website demonstrating their ongoing commitment to increasing access to healthy food in underserved communities across the nation. The website (see here) lists nineteen programs across the three agencies that are available to "support the development of sustainable projects and strategies to increase access to healthy, affordable foods and eliminate food deserts." The website provides information about these programs, and suggestions about how to form successful partnerships to apply for these funds.
President's FY 2013 and FY 2014 Budget
President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget request includes $35 million to the U.S. Department of Treasury to improve access to healthy food in underserved communities while creating jobs and bringing in new supermarkets, co-ops, and other healthy food retail to anchor commercial corridors. The program supports Community Development Financial Institutions so they can offer affordable financing and technical assistance to expand the availability of healthy food options in distressed communities. To date the fiscal year 2013 budget is uncertain due to the across the board cuts, however we are hopeful the $35 million for HFFI will be fully allocated through Treasury ($25 million) and HHS ($10 million). President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget requested $285 million for the HFFI through Treasury ($25 million) and HHS ($10 million) and a $250 million set-aside request within the broader $7 billion New Markets Tax Credit program for HFFI. The budget also calls for the USDA to target additional resources toward the overall goals of combating food deserts and increasing access to healthy food. The fiscal cliff bill signed in early 2013 includes a two-year (2012 and 2013) extension of New Markets Tax Credit.
NOFAs FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013
The Department of the Treasury released a NOFA for HFFI projects and other efforts to improve access to healthy food.
In 2013, The Department of Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services released NOFAS for HFFI projects and other efforts to improve access to healthy food.
In 2012, all three agencies released NOFAs for HFFI projects and other efforts to improve access to healthy food.
In 2011, all three agencies released NOFAs for HFFI projects and other efforts to improve access to healthy food
The Department of Agriculture released a NOFA for $10 million through the Farmers' Market Promotion Program. Click here for program details.
State and City HFFI Efforts