case study: Alternative HFFI Projects
One size does not fit every community, so it’s important for HFFIs to support a variety of type, size and format of projects to meet community needs. The range of eligible project types takes into consideration the unique needs of a variety of communities — urban, suburban, rural, small town and frontier — and the needs of healthy food retailers. Flexibility in what type of fresh food retail can qualify for healthy food financing funds, as well as how those funds are being used, is a critical asset of healthy food financing programs and allows for the program to meet the needs of communities across the state.
Project types eligible for funding could include:
- New full-service supermarket or grocery store
- Upgrade, expansion or preservation of an existing supermarket or grocery store
- The portion of a mixed-use or multi-tenant project that will be occupied by a grocery store
- Small and alternative food retailers such as farmers markets, mobile markets, co-ops and others
- Local produce distribution enterprises, such as food hubs