The state of Massachusetts has released a Request for Responses (RFR) for project proposals through a new Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program to ensure that individuals and families have access to fresh, local food.
Applications are being sought from among others farms, food producers, retailers, and other food system businesses that are facing disruptions or high demand due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and resulting food insecurity. Eligible projects will support immediate and future needs of the local food system including:
- information technology needs
- facility adaptation to new safety guidelines
- storage, processing, and delivery equipment to adapt to supply chain disruption and serve food insecure residents
- other strategies that connect local food production with food insecure communities and increase food equity for all
See pages 9-10 of the RFR for examples of eligible projects. This grant covers projects from under $10,000 to up to $500,000.
Applications are open now and will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding runs out or until September 15, 2020. Projects should be completed by June 30, 2021. Each applicant may submit up to three separate applications.