Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Notice of Healthy Food Access Funding!

Image courtesy of Forest Clonts for Slow Food Columbia
Do you have an idea for a project to boost healthy food access in an underserved area in the Midlands region? Think mobile markets, farmers markets, grocery store, food hubs... Funding could be available, and we'd love to hear from you! 

In a message from the SC Community Loan Fund, SFC received notice that Midlands Housing Trust Fund and SCCLF have $4,000,000 in flexible, low rate capital available to finance projects throughout the state that: 1) provide affordable housing; 2) create access to food and essential services; 3) increase the quality and availability of neighborhood facilities; 4) create employment opportunities; 5) attract additional investment; and 6) strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community. More details are available at their Joint Funding Round Notice.

A mandatory application workshop for this funding round will be held on onTuesday, August 18th from 1:00-4:00 PM in Columbia, South Carolina. If you have a project idea to increase healthy food access in an underserved area, email info@slowfoodcolumbia.org!! 

More information about the healthy food retail loans from SCCLF. 

Loan Products
SCCLF provides loans up to $1,000,000 to finance acquisition, predevelopment, infrastructure, construction, renovation, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, working capital, and permanent financing business costs.
Eligible Projects
SCCLF finances the construction and renovation of retail and wholesale outlets including, but not limited to, grocery stores, corner stores, farmers markets, food hubs, and mobile markets selling healthy food in underserved South Carolina communities.
Eligible Applicants
Non-profit organizations, government entities, and for profit businesses are eligible to apply. 

Recently funded projects include the Harvest Park Food Hub in Spartanburg, SC.