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Good Food Access Program offers grants

ST PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for Good Food Access Program (GFAP) equipment and physical improvement grants. Funds are available to assist grocery stores and small food retailers purchase equipment or make improvements to increase access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate foods. Projects must be located in or serve food deserts and populations such as the elderly or people with disabilities in low- and moderate-income areas.

Potential projects may include the purchase of shelving, mobile food trucks, permanent infrastructure at farmers’ markets, architectural work and display or storage coolers and freezers, as well as the costs associated with installation. Other projects may also be considered.

Grocery stores and small food retailers like corner stores, mobile markets and farmers markets, may apply. Multi-site proposals are encouraged. Grant awards may range from $2,500 to $50,000, and up to 50 percent of the award may be requested in advance.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. April 19. For an online application, visit or call Ashley Bress at (651) 201-6648.