Grassroots Guide to Federal Food and Farm and Food Programs
This guide walks you through dozens of the federal programs and policies most important to sustainable agriculture and how they can be used by farmers, ranchers, and grassroots organizations nationwide.
USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain
Research, Education, and Technical Assistance Programs Along the Supply Chain:
Bridegway Capital - Healthy Foods Financing
Bridgeway Capital provides flexible, alternative financing for small businesses and other organizations. They collaborate with lending partners (such as banks and credit unions) to help small businesses receive sufficient financing to be successful. The economic and social impact produced by small businesses combine to create a thriving regional economy for western Pennsylvania.
Idea Foundry Revolving Loan Fund found at- http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Eat-Street/January-2016/Heres-an-Idea-Loan-Fund-to-Help-Pittsburgh-Businesses-Grow/
Businesses can apply to join the loan program whether or not they are already working with Idea Foundry. The maximum amount per loan is $100,000, and repayment is revenue-based. When money is paid back, it’s recycled into the fund and will be used to help other businesses. Interested parties should email email@example.com for more information.
RSF Seed Fund
found at- http://rsfsocialfinance.org/seed-fund/
The RSF Seed Fund provides small gifts (between $500 and $5,000) to seed new initiatives that offer innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or address issues in one of our three focus areas (Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship).
Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority Loan Programs through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers financing products for commercial real estate development and small- and medium-size business development.
Community Capacity Building
Spring 2015 Catalytic Program Guidelines: Neighborhood Allie's mission is to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods. The goal of the Catalytic Program is to support innovative, collaborative and inspiring ideas that make our neighborhoods healthier, safer and stronger. This grant round has two priorities: Neighborhood-based – Seed community development ideas that help transform vulnerable neighborhoods and identify scalable ways to create positive social impact. The spring 2015 funding round has six priority neighborhoods: 1) Hilltop, 2) Hill District 3) Homewood, 4) Larimer, 5) Millvale, and 6) Wilkinsburg. Only projects or programs serving those six neighborhoods will be considered for place-based grants this round. Future funding rounds may prioritize different geographies. System-based – Support comprehensive community development strategies and partnerships that will improve neighborhoods and enable residents to enjoy a better quality of life. We invite proposals from organization serving or representing any communities in or near Pittsburgh that impact the larger community development system. And, we invite proposals that are modeled to be replicated in multiple geographies. Grant awards will range between $25,000-75,000 and can be used to support costs related to achieving measurable results, moving concepts forward and assisting in the implementation of innovative programs or projects. These costs can include staffing and operating, program and project delivery, research and evaluation, and loans or other financing.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities.