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The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) is a statewide program created in 2020 by the General Assembly (see code) that seeks to support local food systems by investing in projects that improve retail access to fresh foodsin low-income areas with poor access to these foods. The VFAIF Program awards grants of up to $50,000 for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, or innovative food retail projects in underserved communities. VFAIF funded projects must have a retail component, accept federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and participate in the Virginia Fresh Match nutrition incentives program.

Goals of the program include:

  • increasing fresh food access in underserved communities;
  • creating wealth and leadership opportunities in these communities;
  • supporting sustainable, community-owned businesses;
  • fostering innovative solutions that improve food access;
  • developing and sharing successful food business models;
  • reducing food insecurity by strengthening local food systems; and
  • improving health outcomes in low-income, low-access communities. 

The 2022 VFAIF Grant Round has closed. Information on the 2023 grant round will be available on this webpage by October 1, 2022. 

A map of the 2021 inaugural grant round awardees can be found here;

Grant Documents

Webinars and Presentations

It is required that all VFAIF applicants attend one "How to Apply" webinar. 

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