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Minnesota Good Food Access Program: Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

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Sponsor
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Deadlines
Mar 17, 2022
Contact

Ashley Bress
651.201.6648
Ashley.Bress@state.mn.us

Emily Mehr
651.201.6456
Emily.Mehr@state.mn.us

MDA.AGRIGrants@state.mn.us

Purpose

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

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate positive economic and health impacts on underserved communities, including creation and retention of jobs for local or regional residents from low-income and moderate-income areas that reflect the area demographics, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Eligibility

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. Comply with all data collection and reporting requirements
  3. 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
  4. 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
Minnesota
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $50,000
Award floor: $2,500
Estimated number of awards: 10-18
Estimated total program funding: $320,750

At least 50% of available funding will be awarded to projects located in or serving BIPOC communities.

Application process

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

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Black or African American · Capital funding · Community and economic development · Culture and cultural competency · Food security and nutrition · Racial and ethnic groups · Minnesota



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