HDOA Accepting Applications to the Resilient Food System Infrastructure Program

January 31, 2024

The Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) program, a federally funded grant program, is accepting applications for projects for agriculture infrastructure and equipment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) RFSI program is aimed at strengthening middle-of-the-supply chain operations and local food systems by supporting processing, manufacturing, storing, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution of agricultural products.
The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is administering the more than $2.6 million RFSI grant, which is split into two grant programs:

  • Infrastructure Grant Program – $1,587,480 for grants ranging in value from a minimum award of $100,000 to a maximum of $500,000, with a 50 percent matching fund requirement (25 percent matching for underserved groups); and
  • Simplified Equipment-Only Grant Program (SEOGP) – $1,000,000 with a minimum award of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000 (no match required)

Clarification was received from the USDA this week that the equipment purchased under the SEOGP grant may be kept by the grantee after the grant period ends. Previously, any equipment purchased under USDA grants would be required to be returned to the state.

“The addendum to the equipment grant conditions is great news for those who will be awarded those grants because they will be able to keep the equipment,” said Sharon Hurd, chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture. “This adjustment will truly help to sustain the goal of supporting local food systems in the long term.”

The RFSI program is currently accepting applications until noon on February 26, 2024. Grant awards are expected to be announced in April 2024.
A webinar to assist applicants will be held on:

Feb. 1, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. (Hawai‘i Standard Time)
To join the webinar via Zoom, click on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86889259034

For more information on the programs and application information, go to the HDOA RFSI website at: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/main/rfsi/
A Frequently Asked Questions flyer is also available at: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/files/2023/08/RFSI_FAQs_072423-1.pdf
For inquiries about the program, contact the RFSI State Coordinator at 808-973-9576 or by email at hdoa.rfsi@hawaii.gov.

Last modified: January 31, 2024

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