Local Foods, Local Places Resources

Resource list of funding, technical assistance, and model strategies for utilizing local food in conjunction with economic development, including strengthening local food systems, increasing access to healthy food, contributing to downtown vibrancy, creating jobs and economic opportunity.

Local Foods, Local Places:  www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-toolkit

Comprehensive guide to help communities revitalize using local food systems. It is meant to help communities develop their own action plans for setting and achieving local food and revitalization goals.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative:  www.investinginfood.com/about-hffi/                           

Aims to improve access to healthy foods, create and preserve jobs, and revitalize low-income communities. Program provides financial and technical assistance to eligible grocery and healthy food retail projects.   

California Opportunity Zones www.opzones.ca.gov/   Opportunity zones provide tax incentives for investment in designed census tracts. California Opportunity Zones support new investments in environmental justice, sustainability, climate change, and affordable housing.

Federal Opportunity Zones www.irs.gov/newsroom/opportunity-zones-frequently-asked-questions

EPA Technical Assistance Programs www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-growth-technical-assistance-programs

Directory of USDA Funding Opportunities www.nifa.usda.gov/page/search-grant

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program www.fns.usda.gov/snap/FINI-Grant-Program

Funds programs that incentivize the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP clients.

Grant Programs for Hunger & Food Security www.nifa.usda.gov/program/hunger-food-security-programs

Rural Health Information Hub www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/food-access/6/funding

Outlines private and public financial resources to address a variety of food access concerns. Categories include food access, sustainable agriculture, community development, food systems, production and processing, retail, etc.

ChangeLab Solutions www.changelabsolutions.org  Non-profit to foster healthy communities, including guides on healthy retail and increasing access to affordable nutritious food.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation www.shastarcf.org/  Local grants for projects in Shasta and Siskiyou

Food Systems Planning www.planning.org/knowledgebase/food/

Tools for food systems planning, best practices, planning guides, assessment tools, sample policies, and related from the American Planning Association.

City of Redding Community Development & Downtown Liaison  www.cityofredding.org/downtown  (530) 245-7129

Healthy Shasta www.healthyshasta.org  (530) 245-6457   Local partnership to ‘make the healthy choice the easy choice’ for healthy eating and active lifestyles.