Announcement Calls for Applications that Expand Healthy, Local Food Options in Providence
Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced a Healthy Food Access Grant program that will provide businesses and community initiatives funding to take plans that will increase access to healthy local foods to the next level.
“Providence is poised to take advantage of the changing way we eat, buy and distribute food in the region and beyond,” said Mayor Elorza. “The Healthy Food Access Grant will help us grow the city’s capacity for local food creation and consumption.”
“If you have a great idea for how to improve access to healthy local food or a business plan that you are ready to take to the next level, apply today so we can help you make it happen,” he continued.
Projects funded through the Providence Healthy Food Access Grant program will help increase local food production and consumption in the city; increase access to, and affordability, of healthy foods, especially in areas with limited healthy food access; and business development and new business models that support increases in healthy food access and affordability.
Proposals can include Economic Development funds to support microenterprises that increase access to healthy food, or Public Facilities and Improvement funds which benefit low and moderate income neighborhoods. The minimum request per project is $25,000 and a total of $125,000 is available program-wide.
Funding for this grant program is provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the City of Providence’s Community Development Department in partnership with the Healthy Communities Office.
Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015. More information on the program and how to apply can be found by visiting: http://pvd.me/l6uR