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Healthy Food for Ohio Funds Available
Finance Fund Capital Corporation developed Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) to increase access to affordable, fresh food in underserved areas, improve the diets and health of Ohio residents, and spur economic development and revitalization.
How We Can Help
Grants and loans are available to fund costs associated with land acquisition, predevelopment, construction, equipment, infrastructure, and related expenses for new and existing facilities. Details about the program are available on the program overview and Frequently Asked Questions.
Eligible applicants include grocery chains, individual grocery stores, neighborhood food stores, co-ops, and nontraditional food projects such as farmers markets and food hubs. Projects must operate in limited supermarket access areas in Ohio.
For more information about eligibility criteria and the application process, please see the program guidelines.
How to Apply
Applications will be evaluated and approved on a rolling basis while funds remain available. Applying for financing from the HFFO program is a two-step process. First, the applicant submits a Pre-Application with basic information. Once a project’s programmatic eligibility is determined, the applicant will receive a letter disclosing its eligibility status and, if eligible, will be invited to submit a full application.
If you are interested in applying for any of FCAP’s loan programs, please contact Omar Elhagmusa, Lending Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio’s Healthy Food Access Crisis
Healthy Food for Ohio addresses a tremendous unmet need identified in a 2014 statewide quantitative research study. The Food Trust conducted the study, commissioned by FCAP with funding support from the Ohio Regional Convergence Partnership, the United Way of Central Ohio and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. The study report, Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Ohio, determined where over one million Ohioans live in communities with high rates of diet-related death, low supermarket access and low-income.
The Healthy Food Financing Task Force
In June 2014, FCAP and The Food Trust shared the Food Study findings with a statewide Healthy Food Financing Task Force of key public and private stakeholders representing state agencies, foundations, grocers, corporations and nonprofit health and food access organizations. The Task Force identified barriers that are keeping healthy food retailers from operating in areas where they are needed most. One of the key barriers is lack of access to flexible, affordable financing. Task Force public policy recommendations are included in a report, Supporting Grocery Development in Ohio, released February 2015. Under the leadership of legislative champions and with the support of the Task Force, the State of Ohio created the Healthy Food Financing Initiative and provided seed capital that FCAP is administering as part of Healthy Food for Ohio.
Healthy Food financing initiative Resources
- Supporting Grocery Development in Ohio
- Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Ohio
- Policy Statement Press Release
- Food Study Press Release
- Healthy Food for a Healthier Ohio Infographic
- Healthy Food Financing Initiative Investment Fact Sheet
- Economic Impacts of Supermarkets and other Healthy Food Retail
- Limited Supermarket Access Map
- HFFO Project Map
- HFFO White Paper
- HFFO Draft Sign On Letter
- Ohio among 4 states to mark lower obesity rate
- Food Access Times
- Representatives Rezabek, Smith Promote Initiative To Bring More Healthy Foods To Underserved Areas Of Ohio
- Grocery chain applies for funding to open local store
- Rep. Smith Applauds Launch Of Healthy Food For Ohio Program
- New program to make healthy eating easier for Ohioans
- Finance Fund Capital Corporation Launches Statewide Healthy Food for Ohio Program
- Ohio lawmakers launch healthy food grant program
- Public-Private Partnership Targets Food Deserts
- Program Aims at Attracting Fresh Food to Low-Income Neighborhoods
- Program will provide startup money for groceries in under-served areas
- Millions of Dollars available to Bring Grocery Stores to Food Deserts
- Lawmakers to unveil new Healthy Food for Ohio program: What to watch for Monday
- Columbus Dispatch: Panel discusses food needs in low-income neighborhoods
- Columbus Dispatch: Seed money would boost access to healthy food
- Central Ohio NPR News & Music: Task Force Wants Taxpayer Money Spent on Expanding Grocery Store Markets in Ohio
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Package to Eradicate Ohio's 'Food Deserts' is Delievered at Statehouse
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Feds push for better foods, more neighborhood stores is slow-going
- Columbus Business First: Food Trust Study says 2M Ohio residents lack access to healthy food