Through the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will fund energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores and small businesses in food deserts throughout the state to stock California-grown fresh produce, nuts and minimally processed foods. The purpose of the program is to improve access to healthy food choices in the small retail environment for underserved communities, while promoting CA-grown agriculture. This program is established in California Food and Agricultural Code section 49015 and funding was made available in the Budget Act of 2018.
Funding: The Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program will disburse up to $4,500,000.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are corner stores (or their equivalents, such as neighborhood stores, bodegas, convenience stores, or mom and pop stores – all called “corner stores” for purposes of this grant); small businesses; cities; counties; and nonprofits working with healthy retail.
View Grant Awards for Round One of the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program
Check back for news of a second round RFP in fall of 2019.