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The Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is pleased to share that $20 million was allocated for program continuation in late September 2021. Through the Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program (HRGP), CDFA funds energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores, small businesses, and food donation programs in low-income or low-access areas throughout the state to stock California-grown fresh produce, nuts, dairy, meat, eggs, minimally processed, and culturally appropriate foods.

RFP for Technical Assistance Providers Now Open

CDFA–F2F is now accepting proposals from technical assistance providers conducting activities in one or both of the following categories:

  1. Outreach and Application Assistance: to promote the program to eligible applicants and assist interested parties to apply for equipment awards through CDFA–F2F; and
  2. Technical Expertise: to provide subject matter expertise in refrigeration equipment, energy efficiency, global warming potential standards and/or best “healthy retail” practices, including stocking, promoting and selling fresh foods in a profitable and sustainable way.

View the RFP. Proposals are due by 5 pm PT on Friday, June 10. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants must apply through CDFA's new grant platform AmpliFund, accessible here. Applicants will be prompted to create a user account. Answers to proposal questions and budget information must be submitted through AmpliFund. Copies of the questions and a budget worksheet for reference are available to view here:

  • Proposal Questions for reference
  • Budget Worksheet for reference (may be used as a tool for budgets in progress but do not submit. Complete the budget questions through AmpliFund for proposal submission.)

Email CDFA–F2F at cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov for application support.


Questions and Answers About the TAPs RFP:

Public Feedback Incorporated:

CDFA–F2F considered feedback about this RFP submitted during the public comment period, including during the informational webinar on March 28th. View a summary of comments and questions submitted and CDFA responses here.

Grant timeline and process:

RFP Released for Public CommentMarch 21, 2022
Webinar for Live CommentsMarch 28, 3-5 pm PT
Comments Addressed and Request for
Proposal Released
Late April 2022
Grant proposals dueJune 10, 5:00 pm PT
Anticipated Awards AnnouncementLate July 2022
Tentative Start Date for Grant TermsOctober 2022
Tentative Date for Equipment RFP ReleaseDecember 2022

Call for External Technical Reviewers:

The external technical review committee for the 2022 Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program will include individuals outside of CDFA-F2F who have expertise related to the program. Individuals who are interested in learning more about participating in the external technical review process should contact CDFA-F2F at cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov for more information. Applicants to the 2022 Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program are not eligible to participate as technical reviewers.

Previous Grantees of the Pilot Program:

Approximately $4.5 million in grants was awarded during the pilot program. See Round I Grant Awards and Round II Grant Awards for details.

Please reach out to cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov to be added to the email list for this program.