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FINI Grant Program

Last Published: 02/16/2018

The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to incentivize the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP clients. The FINI grant program is collaboratively administered by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Past years’ Awardees

FINI for SNAP Recipients

Hundreds of farmers markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, and retail food stores of all kinds participate in FINI grant projects all across the country. Shopping at these participating firms will give you the opportunity to stretch your benefit dollars and improve your diet. Find a retail food store offering incentives for fruits and vegetables near you

FINI for SNAP Retailers

Interested in having your retail food store participate in a FINI grant project? Want to learn more about the FINI grant program? Learn the what, why, and how of FINI for SNAP retailers.

FINI for Grantees

FINI grantees should review this November 2016 memorandum. This memo reverses the standing prohibition on the use of television, radio, and billboard promotion activities in the FINI grant program and explains existing restrictions on allowable promotion activities conducted using Federal and/or match funds.
 
FINI grantees should also review this August 2017 memorandum that reiterates long-standing prohibitions on certain forms of data sharing between SNAP State Agencies and FINI grantees.
 
Got a question? Check the FINI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

FINI grantees should also review this June 2016 memorandum. This memo addresses the SNAP equal treatment provision and its applicability to the FINI grant program and the requirement that FINI grantees report all of their retailer partner outlets (e.g., convenience stores and farmers markets) to FNS on a quarterly basis. This latter requirement is distinct from other reporting requirements related to NIFA and the Westat grant program evaluation.  

Looking for more information? Take a look at these FINI webinars:

Questions regarding SNAP policy as it pertains to the FINI grant program may be directed to FINI@fns.usda.gov

General questions about SNAP and EBT should be directed to USDA FNS’s Ask the Expert system at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/ask-the-expert (→ “Nutrition” → “Supplemental Nutrition Asst Prgm”). This system can provide prompt answers for general SNAP inquiries.

Inquiries regarding the evaluation of the FINI grant program should be directed to Westat, the independent evaluation contractor. Other FINI-related inquiries should be directed to NIFA.