USDA Seeking Grant Applications for Projects to Test Fruit and Vegetable Incentives

Randall Weiseman Fruits, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

USDA has requested a new round of applications for grants provided under the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program and has launched a grantee locator map. The FINI grant program provides grants to test incentive strategies and technologies designed to help SNAP participants better afford fruits and vegetables. It’s administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Hundreds of farmers markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, and retail food stores of all kinds are now participating in FINI grant projects all across the country. Projects funded through FINI range from small pilot projects to multi-year community-based projects and larger scale multi-year projects, designed to help make the healthy choice an affordable choice for SNAP participants. But the deadline to apply for the latest round grants is December 12, 2016.

The new locator map will help consumers find participating retailers through searching by location for specific types of stores like traditional retailers, specialty food stores, and farmers markets.

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant this year, please visit NIFA’s website.