Details on this page apply to the previous round of funding. Check back in Fall 2021 when the next application period opens and updated grant details are released.

The Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant (GFAP) increases the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food (including produce) for underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas. Grants help grocery stores and small food retailers make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of such foods.

Senior woman buying groceries

Applicant Eligibility

The following groups are eligible to apply:

  • For-profit and non-profit grocery stores
  • Small food retailers, such as corner store, convenience store, farmers' market, mobile food market, and a retail food outlet operated by an emergency food program or food hub

All applicants must be engaged in the sale of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods (including fresh fruits and vegetables). The Request for Proposals outlines additional requirements of applicants and grantees, such as SNAP and WIC authorization.

Project Eligibility

GFAP funding can be used to purchase equipment (such as coolers and freezers) and to make physical improvements.

Projects must serve census-designated Food Deserts or low- or moderate-income areas that have substantial subpopulations (such as the elderly or disabled) who have low supermarket access. To determine your project's eligibility:

  1. Go to the FFIEC Geocoding/Mapping System.
  2. Type in the address where the project will be occurring.
  3. On the left side of the screen, there is a box that notes the Census Tract.
  4. Visit the Good Food Access Eligible Areas page. If your census tract number is listed on this page, your location is a Food Desert or Low-or Moderate income area and is eligible for GFAP funding. You may also check the Ineligible Areas list to confirm that your census tract is not eligible.

Amount Available

We expect to award up to $280,000 in Fiscal Year 2021.

Minimum award: $2,500
Maximum award: $50,000

Applying

We expect the next application period to begin in the fall of 2021; updated program materials will be posted at that time.

To learn more about how the program works, read last year's GFAP Request for Proposals (PDF) or GFAP Invitación a presentar propuestas (PDF). This grant program is subject to change so you should read the updated RFP when it's posted. You can also review the list of past projects and request a copy of an application to help you prepare.

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator.