Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program

Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program now accepting proposals

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce a second competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program. Through this program, CDFA funds energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores and small businesses in low-income or low-access areas 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.

During the first grant round, 28 grantees were awarded more than $2.8 million in funding (see Grant Awards). This will be the second and final round for the pilot program.

Funding: Through the second round RFP for the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program, CDFA will award up to $1.7 million in grants.

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 corner stores or conducting direct produce sales in low-income or low-access areas.

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

Grant Proposals are Due by 5 pm PST on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

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

Outreach Flyer:
Informational Flyer for Outreach

Spanish-language Outreach Flyer:
Folleto Informativo Programa de Incentivos para Tiendas Saludables de Refrigeracion

Frequently Asked Questions about the RFP:
Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about the RFP? Contact cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov.