Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program

Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce a competitive grant application process for the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program. 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.
See guidelines for the program and how to apply in the Request for Proposal (RFP):

There are two concurrent RFPs:
RFP for Corner Stores and Small Businesses
RFP for Cities, Counties and Nonprofits
Appendix A
Appendix B

Grant Proposals are Due by 5 pm PDT on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

To apply now:
Proposal Form for Corner Stores and Small Businesses
Proposal Form for Cities, Counties and Nonprofits


Frequently Asked Questions


Informational Flyer for Outreach:
Refrigeration Flyer