Financial tools for rural grocery stores include connections to financing entities and programs that support the development and expansion of food networks and rural groceries.
The CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative for Financing Healthy Food Options is a tool created by the US Department of the Treasury. This tool details both public and private sources that fund food related initiatives.
Prepared for this tool kit by the Kansas USDA Rural Development, this document details food and business related funding initiatives through the USDA Rural Development.
In addition to the rural grocery specific resources above, a full listing of USDA Rural Development resources can be found at this site.
The Kansas Department of Commerce oversees community and business development resources.
Private Resources: Private organizations with an emphasis on funding business start-up and food related initiatives include:
A non-profit organization that can assist with accessing financial resources for entrepreneurial efforts and start-up businesses.
A non-profit organization that supports community development initiatives and funding.
This spreadsheet provided by score.org is a template for financial projections and planning. More information and resources are available at www.score.org.
Case Example of Rural Grocery Financing:
Rural Pennsylvania Funding Case Study: This case study is an example of a successful funding initiative using the Reinvestment Fund (TRF) to support rural grocery stores in Pennsylvania.