Increase 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 assist technical assistance providers in working with new or existing for-profit, not-for-profit, and cooperative self-service retail food establishments with needs-based assistance.

Eligible Applicants

Non-profit organizations and public agencies with capabilities to provide technical assistance to eligible grocery stores and small food retailers. See the Request for Proposal (RFP) for more details.

Are you a food retailer needing to purchase equipment or make physical improvements? The GFAP Equipment & Physical Improvement Grant will open in mid-November.

Eligible Technical Assistance Recipients

Grocers and small food retailers receiving technical assistance under this grant must be located in underserved communities or must serve primarily underserved communities in low-income and moderate-income areas. A list of eligible areas is available on the Good Food Access Program Eligible Areas page. Recipients of technical assistance must agree to abide by conditions as listed in the RFP.

What’s Eligible and Amount Available

The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $50,000 through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Technical Assistance Grant. Up to 75 percent of the total project cost may be covered by the grant. The maximum grant award is $50,000; minimum grant award is $5,000. Eligible expenses include costs associated with providing appropriate technical assistance to eligible recipients. See the RFP for more details.

In addition, technical assistance providers may request up to 5 percent or $2,500, whichever is less, of the total project costs to be used to increase institutional knowledge that is directly related to the assistance that will be provided to technical assistance recipients.


Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm CST on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Read the full Request for Proposals and apply online. If you need the application in an alternative format, contact the program administrator.