Department of Agriculture & Markets -
Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative


The New York State Healthy Food / Healthy Communities Initiative (the “Initiative”) is an innovative program administered jointly by ESD and the NYSDAM providing capital in the form of grants and loans to support the development of fresh food retailers in underserved urban and rural communities across New York State.  The statewide program meets the financing needs of market operators that plan to operate in underserved communities where infrastructure costs and credit needs cannot be filled. 
ESD will enter into a contract with a certified Community Development Financial Institution and a Food Access Organization who will act as administrators of the program.
A total of $10 million in loans and grant will be available to fund eligible projects


ESD, NYSDAM, the Community Development Financial Institution and the Food Access Organization are in the process of negotiating a contract to administer the program.  These organizations will then be responsible for writing program guidelines.


Stephen McGrattan
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
(518) 457-7076

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