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

Purpose

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 an underserved community or serving primarily underserved communities 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 $150,000 through the 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.

A separate RFP will be released in late spring for the GFAP Technical Assistance Grant. The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $75,000 through that RFP.

Eligible Locations

Projects must be located in census tracts designated as Food Deserts or as low- or moderate-income. Follow these steps to determine if your project is in an eligible area:

Determine the location’s census tract by:

  • Visiting the American FactFinder website.
  • 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. Use Control+F or the Find/Search function to search for your 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 may be submitted between March 1, 2017 and April 19, 2017.

Link to Application

Visit MDE's site for application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 FAQ page.