Eligibility

Eligible applicants include for-profit business enterprises, cooperatively-owned businesses, tax-exempt nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, state and local governments and governmental agencies, authorities, commissions, and food policy councils, tribal governments and tribal governmental agencies, authorities and food policy councils, and partnerships organized to improve access to fresh, healthy foods and provide financial and technical assistance to eligible projects.

A project must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible to receive HFFI financial or technical assistance:

  1. Plans to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low and moderate-income populations by maintaining or increasing the number of retail outlets that offer an assortment of perishable and staple foods in those areas; and
  2. Accepts benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 USC 2011 et. Seq.)

Confirm Eligibility

View eligibility through the interactive map below. To get started, enter an address or geography in the “Location” field and click on the “Search” icon. This action will display your area of interest outlined in orange as well as the location of underserved areas according to USDA’s Low Income Low Access analysis.

You can view additional data by clicking on the “New Map” icon on the upper left and selecting a different data layer. Click on any shaded area of the map to find the exact value for that location.

For a project to be eligible, you will need to confirm your project location is:

  • In, or adjacent to, an underserved census tract: The project must be located in, or adjacent, to a census tract considered underserved by food retail. There are two data layers that can evidence that eligibility on the map below:
    • Low Income and Low Access tracts, as of 2015
    • Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) area status as of 2016
  • In a census tract that has a median family income of less than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI): This can be confirmed on the map below with the data layer Local Median Family Income as a Share of Area Median Income between 2012-2016

There are additional data layers that share information on income, availability of food nutrition programs, as well as NMTC and CDBG eligibility that may be helpful in your planning or application process. If you have any questions or want to confirm if a location is eligible, please email us at info@investinginfood.com.

Data mapped by PolicyMap, an online GIS mapping tool.