The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for 2019 Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grants. A total of $150,000 is available to assist grocery stores and small food retailers purchase equipment or make physical improvements that will increase availability of and access to affordable and nutritious foods. Projects must be located in or serve food deserts and populations such as the elderly or people with disabilities in low- and moderate-income areas.
“Access to affordable, healthy foods is important, so it's vital that we partner with our grocers and food retailers to increase availability of nutritious foods,” said Department of Minnesota Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “The Good Food Access Program Grants helps our partners offset the cost of equipment they need, which enables them to provide nutritious food to our community. We encourage those who qualify to apply.”
Possible projects may include the purchase of shelving, mobile food trucks, permanent infrastructure at farmers markets, architectural work, and display or storage coolers and freezers, and eligible installation costs.
Grocery stores and small food retailers like corner stores, mobile markets and farmers markets may apply. Multi-site proposals are encouraged. Grant awards may range from $2,500 to $50,000, and up to 50 percent of the award may be requested in advance. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. CST on January 17, 2019.
For more information, including the online application, visit the Good Food Access Program Equipment Grant website.
David Van Amber, MDA Communications