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The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Center for Engagement and Community Development
Kansas State University

Tina Khan

Isabelle Busenitz

324 Nichols Hall
702 Mid-Campus Drive South
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6868
khfi@k-state.edu

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Financing Parameters 

The financing program provides funding costs associated with land acquisition, predevelopment, construction, equipment, infrastructure and related expenses. Financing can be used for projects that expand access to fresh and healthy food. 

  • $10,000 to $2.5 million 
  • Terms: One to 15 years at 5 to 6.5 percent interest 
  • No prepayment penalty 
  • No appraisals necessary 
  • Flexible structure 
  • Flexible project types and use of funds 

Eligible Applicants 

Eligible food retail projects must expand fresh food offerings in underserved neighborhoods and fit local community needs. Grocery chains, neighborhood food and grocery stores, co-ops, farmers markets, production and distribution operations, and other food projects are eligible. Underserved areas are defined as having a substantial number of low- to moderate-income residents with reduced access to healthy, affordable food. All applicants are strongly encouraged to accept SNAP and WIC benefits. 

How to Apply 

Applying for KHFI funding is a two-step process

   Step One: Eligibility

To find out if your project is eligible for KHFI funding:

   Step Two: Funding determination

Eligibility does not guarantee funding.  After program review, you will receive a letter describing your eligibility status and an invitation to apply for financing. Applications will be evaluated for qualification, type and availability of funds.

For more information on eligibility criteria and the application process, please see program guidelines (pdf).

KHFI Guidebook

For information on eligibility criteria and the application process, view the KHFI Guidebook (pdf).