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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 foods in 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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