ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant applications from organizations offering technical assistance to improve access to fresh, affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate foods for underserved communities.

The funding is available through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). These grants will help organizations provide needs-based technical assistance to eligible food retailers, such as grocery stores, corner stores and farmers markets.

Nonprofit organizations and public agencies with capabilities to provide technical assistance may apply. Grocers and other retailers receiving technical assistance must serve people in food deserts or primarily underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas.

The MDA will award up to $50,000 in this round of grants. Applicants may request up to $50,000 and grant funds can cover up to 75% of project costs. Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. Jan. 16.

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