The application period for the current round of funding is closed; please watch this page for updates on the next round of funding. The Food Trust, with support from Reinvestment Fund, Community First Fund and Bridgeway Capital, will review each application to determine whether the proposed project meets program goals and is financially viable.
Applying for financing from the PA FFFI is a two-step process:
Step One: Application
The first step in the process is for the applicant to complete an application, which can be completed as a fillable PDF or online form. The Food Trust will use the application to determine whether the proposed project aligns with the PA FFFI’s goals and objectives of serving a low-to moderate-income, under-resourced community, fitting community needs and preferences, and improving food access. Programmatic eligibility criteria are outlined here. After the application has been received, The Food Trust will schedule a phone call with the applicant, identify and speak to community stakeholders, and conduct additional research. The Food Trust will then complete a thorough eligibility review with a recommendation regarding the project’s eligibility. This process will take an estimated -4-6 weeks—thank you for your patience!
Step Two – Grant Determination and Referral to CDFIs for Loans, and/or Business Assistance
If a project’s programmatic eligibility is confirmed, The Food Trust will set up a follow up call to confirm aspects of the project and funds needed to determine the amount in grant funding for which the applicant will qualify. When the grant amount has been determined, The Food Trust will ask applicants to submit an itemized budget with vendor quotes that is reflective of the amount of grant funding the project is eligible to receive. At that point, where appropriate, the applicant will also be connected to a partner CDFI in their region for information on potential loan financing, and/or technical assistance.