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Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant


Increases the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low and moderate income areas. Grants are intended to stimulate sales of such foods to consumers by assisting grocery stores and small food retailers in making physical improvements and purchasing equipment.

Who’s Eligible

For-profit and not-for-profit grocery stores and small food retailers engaged in the sale of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, located in or serving food deserts or primarily underserved communities (such as the elderly or disabled) in low-income and moderate-income areas. See the Request for Proposal (RFP) for more detail.

What’s Eligible and Amount Available

The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $135,000 through the Fiscal Year 2018 GFAP Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant. The maximum grant award is $50,000; minimum grant award is $2,500. Eligible grant projects are the purchase and installation of equipment and the costs incurred to make physical improvements.

Eligible Locations

Projects must serve census tracts designated as Food Deserts or as low- or moderate-income areas with a substantial subpopulation such as the elderly or disabled that have low supermarket access. Follow these steps to determine if your project serves an eligible area:

Determine the location’s census tract by:

  • Visiting the American FactFinder websiteEXT
  • Select the blue “Geographies” rectangle on the left-hand side of the page.
  • Select the “Address” tab and enter your address after the Geographies box pops up. Press Go.
  • Under “Geography Name” your census tract number will be listed.

Open the Good Food Access Eligible Areas page. This list is sorted alphabetically by county and then by census tract number. If the census tract is on the page, your location is eligible based on its designation as a Food Desert or Low- or Moderate-Income area.

If you do not find your census tract number within the Eligible Areas, check the Ineligible Areas page to confirm that your location is not eligible for this program.

Application Period

Proposals must be received by 4:00 PM CDT on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Link to Application

Apply online. For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).

Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant 2018 Request for Proposals (PDF: 237 KB / 14 pages) 
Programa de Acceso a Buenos Alimentos y Subvención para Mejoras Físicas y de Equipos Invitación a presentar propuestas en 2018(PDF: 221 KB / 15 páginas) 
** MAC Users: Please complete this form using Adobe Reader. **

See an example of a completed Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant application, based on the FY 2017 RFP (PDF: 82 KB / 13 pages).


All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to Ashley Bress at ashley.bress@state.mn.us. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the Questions and Answers (Q&A) page.

Previous Recipients

Summary of funded grant projects

MDA Contact

Ashley Bress, Program Administrator