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 store and small food retailers make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of such foods.
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.
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:
- Visit the American Factfinder website.
- Select the “Geographies” bar on the left-hand side of the page.
- Select the “Address” tab.
- Enter address and press “Go”.
- Under “Geography Name” locate the ‘Census Tract’ Category. The number listed here is your census tract number.
- Visit the Good Food Access Eligible Areas page. If your census tract number is listed 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.
The availability of funding for Fiscal Year 2019 is still being determined.