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Minnesota Good Food Access Program: Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Nov 19, 2020

Ashley Bress


Minnesota Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant provides funds to assist grocery stores and small food retailers in making physical improvements and purchasing equipment in order to increase access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for underserved communities in low and moderate income areas.

Potential projects may include:

  • Retail display coolers and freezers
  • Storage coolers and freezers
  • Shelving
  • Mobile food trucks
  • Permanent infrastructure at farmers markets
  • Architectural work
  • Costs associated with the installation of equipment and/or physical improvements

Eligible applicants are for-profit and nonprofit grocery stores and 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.

Awardees must agree with specific conditions for a period of 5 years.

  1. Accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  2. Apply to accept Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, and if approved, accept WIC benefits
  3. Comply with all data collection and reporting requirements
  4. Promote the hiring, training, and retention of local or regional residents from low-income and moderate-income areas that reflect area demographics, including communities of color
  5. Except for small food retailers, allocate at least 30% of retail food space for the sale of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods consistent with nutrition standards in national guidelines described in the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $50,000
Award floor: $2,500
Estimated number of awards: 8-15
Estimated total program funding: $280,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Capital funding · Cultural competency · Food security and nutrition · Minnesota

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