The initiative has awarded over $620,000 in grants in the last two years to advance community-driven solutions to historic food injustice
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Reinvestment Fund have awarded more than $443,500 to fund several innovative initiatives to create more healthy food options. This is part of an effort to find and fund community-driven solutions to historic food injustice.
The Health Department’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention and the Reinvestment Fund announced nine new awards as part of the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI). In total, the initiative has provided over $620,000 in grants over two rounds since its launch in 2019.
New Report from Urban Institute and Reinvestment Fund offers cross-cutting lessons to improve community investment systems
Urban Institute today released Making Community Development Capital Work in Small and Midsize Cities, a report in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, that explores the challenges many small and midsize cities face in attracting and sustaining community investment capital, as well as the opportunities that their size provides.
Small and midsize cities in the aggregate are falling behind their larger peers in attracting and receiving community development investments. Diminished access to capital for investments that bolster positive, local social determinants of health in small and midsize cities coincides with the economic and social trends that affect these localities.Read More
Philadelphia, December 15, 2020— Reinvestment Fund announced the launch of Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) today, a health and community development focused initiative that will work with cross-sector collaborative teams in four cities in New Jersey to advance equity and wellbeing in targeted neighborhoods. BHEC will support partnerships in Asbury Park, Camden, Newark, and Paterson.
BHEC aims to address the social determinants of health through changes to the built environment and the community investment system in selected New Jersey cities, while acknowledging the unique challenges stemming from the current health and economic crisis.Read More
Reinvestment Fund today announced $3 million in financial assistance awards to 20 projects through the 2020 round of America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative’s (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program. Funding for the HFFI grants program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program supports projects that are designed to improve access to fresh, healthy food through food retail.
Awardees were selected through a competitive process that was open to eligible fresh food retail projects and food enterprises seeking financial assistance to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to operating in underserved areas. There were 245 applications submitted to the program, which came from 46 states, the District and US territories, and had a total request of over $40 million in financing.Read More
Reinvestment Fund, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and United Way are conducting a city-wide survey to understand childcare needs as people head back to work and school. Parents and guardians can participate on the online survey anonymously to share their needs and concerns around care for children ages 0 to 5 in their household.
All families who use or plan to use childcare in Philadelphia are encouraged to take the survey, which is accessible at www.reinvestment.com/phlchildcarereopensurvey. The survey will be open for the next two weeks and is available in eight languages. In addition to English, families can access the survey in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Arabic and French.Read More
Reinvestment Fund today announced the launch of the Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) initiative in New Jersey. BHEC aims to address the barriers to better health through changes to the built environment and community investment system. The initiative will work with four cities selected through an application process, to advance community development priorities and further their plans for an equitable recovery from the current health and economic crisis. BHEC was created with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“From safe housing to access to healthcare, the COVID-19 crisis has amplified the challenges that communities face when it comes to health and well-being,” said Amanda High, Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Reinvestment Fund. “With access to resources and a peer learning exchange through BHEC, selected cities will receive a variety of supports to work with local communities to spur equitable recovery through development.”Read More
Reinvestment Fund is inviting applications for financial and technical assistance through the 2020 round of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program. Funding for the HFFI Targeted Small Grants Program is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill. Reinvestment Fund serves as the national fund manager for the HFFI program at USDA. The 2020 HFFI round significantly increases the available funding compared to the previous round, offering $3 million in grant funds for food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities.
“A resilient food system is essential to ensure that all Americans, regardless of where they live or how much they make, can get the food they need to keep their families healthy,” said Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of Reinvestment Fund. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to sustain a robust food system that serves all communities. We hope that these HFFI investments can seed improved access to healthy food in underserved communities and also fundamentally strengthen local food economies.”Read More
Our communities are feeling the financial impact of COVID-19 and at Reinvestment Fund, our goal is to help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures and ultimately to preserve local assets.
We have been reaching out personally to our borrowers and partners to better understand challenges and how we can be helpful. We are currently supporting several small businesses and nonprofits in our portfolio to access local, state, federal and philanthropic emergency resources as they become available. In some instances, our role has been to help our borrowers navigate the application processes.
We are also working with investors and philanthropic partners to tailor responses to challenges we are seeing on the ground. This week we announced two new initiatives, outlined below, to support childcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Fund to sustain early learning providers, including childcare, pre-k, and home visiting programs serving children from birth to age five
William Penn Foundation, Vanguard, and Reinvestment Fund today announced a collaboration to support Philadelphia childcare providers who are struggling to sustain their businesses through closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A $5 million grant from William Penn Foundation and a $2 million grant from Vanguard’s Strong Start for Kids Program will launch the Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education (PEFSEE), which will help Philadelphia continue its important progress in ensuring access to high quality early learning.Read More
Reinvestment Fund announced three initiatives in memory of its founding Executive Director, Jeremy Nowak. Jeremy led Reinvestment Fund for 26 years, establishing a powerful vision for strong, equitable communities. The initiatives honor key aspects of Jeremy’s life work.
“We at Reinvestment Fund were fortunate to have witnessed and learned from Jeremy’s genius for so many years,” Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO of Reinvestment Fund. “In designing these initiatives, we want to memorialize his legacy and encourage work that advances his life’s pursuits.”Read More