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The Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) is a statewide program that focuses on equity and justice in local food systems by investing in new or expanding food retailers that address food access issues in the Commonwealth. VFAIF offers grants and loans to fund the business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades and expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects in historically marginalized communities.

Food acts as a common thread between history and culture, neighborhood empowerment and economic sustainability, and healthier lifestyles. The VFAIF program has been developed using the Equitable Food-Oriented Development model, a development strategy that uses food and agriculture to create economic opportunities and healthy neighborhoods and that explicitly seeks to build community assets, pride, and power by and with historically marginalized communities.

For the purposes of this program, historically marginalized communities are defined as minority or underserved, as well as those experiencing low food access. In these communities, the objectives of this program are to:

  • improve access to fresh foods and reduce food deserts across the Commonwealth;
  • create wealth, support leadership, and improve access to capital in historically marginalized communities;
  • assess, support and transform existing or potential businesses into sustainable community-owned businesses;
  • foster innovative solutions that uplift and share successful food business models; and
  • reduce food insecurity, strengthen food systems and improve health outcomes for historically marginalized communities.

The next VFAIF round is open from December 1st, 2021 to February 22nd, 2022. Grant documents are posted below. Please review the first round of funded projects and the Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown Paper


  • Please schedule pre-proposal meetings and technical assistance via Calendly.


  • Pre-proposals will be accepted from December 1st, 2021-January 21st, 2022
  • Once you have submitted a pre-proposal, please use the Calendly link to schedule a meeting with program staff
  • Once the pre-proposal has been discussed with program staff, you can request technical assistance until February 14th, 2022
  • Final apps are due by 10 pm on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022
  • Funding will be announced in April

Grant Documents

Following a pre-proposal call with program staff, eligible applicants will create a profile on Foundant, a grant management platform. Please view the instructional video about Applying for Grants. Please reach out to program staff with further questions.

Webinars and Presentations

It is required that all VFAIF applicants attend one "How to Apply" webinar. Please select from the following dates:

Password: VFAIF127
Meeting Number (Access Code): 2421 609 0701
Join by phone
+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

12/14 at 6 pm
Password:  VFAIF1214  
Meeting Number (Access Code):   2421 677 6561
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+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

12/20 at 10 am
Password: VFAIF1220
Meeting Number (Access Code):  2431 312 9059
+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

1/4 at 6 pm
Password:   VFAIF14  
Meeting Number (Access Code):   2424 721 1850
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+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

1/13 at 10 am
Password:   VFAIF113
Meeting Number (Access Code):   2428 645 3048
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+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

1/18 at 6 pm
Password:   VFAIF118
Meeting Number (Access Code):   2436 925 6996

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+1-517-466-2023 US Toll
+1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free

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