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Grant Program For Transporting Healthy Food

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible States
to Transport Fresh Food to Underserved Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Conservation Fund - CSX Corporation

Deadline Date:

11/27/19 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible states to defray the cost of distributing fresh food to underserved and vulnerable populations. Funding is intended for transportation, packaging, short-term storage equipment, distribution, and other operational costs in states served by CSX rail. Eligible states include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds include:

The purchase of equipment to broaden distribution to individuals and families in need of fresh food. For example, types of equipment may include, but not be limited to:
  • Refrigerated trucks or trailers to deliver perishable foods to farmers’ markets, food hubs, or distribution centers
  • Mobile market trucks (“veggie vans” or “mobile food stands”) that bring fresh produce and other fresh food to populations in need
  • Mobile processing facility for small livestock or on-site value-added processing needed for transportation (i.e. flash freezing, drying, or refrigeration of seafood)
  • Cold Storage bins/produce boxes
Note: Funds may not be used for maintenance of existing equipment or vehicles.
Preference will be given to grant applications that demonstrate through purchase of equipment, they
will be able to:
  1. Serve a greater number of people with the equipment’s use.
  2. Serve vulnerable or underserved populations/distressed communities according to U.S. census tract
    information and/or USDA food desert designation.
  3. Provide and document local match (minimum 10% required)—either direct cash match or in-kind
    contributions—that leverage this grant with other sources of support.
  4. Demonstrate ability to reliably track over a two-year period of time impacts such as expanded
    organizational capacity, increased distribution reach, numbers of people and/or communities served,
    improved socio-economic profile of end users, etc.
The grantors reserve the right to award grants based upon geographic diversity. (The grantors seek to support transportation infrastructure across the targeted geography.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175502

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant program will provide grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance will be from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for these grants, eligible applicants must:

1. Be located in one of the states served by CSX rail. See the CSX system map link in Grant Coverage Areas below.

2. Be a “local foods distributor” (i.e., an entity that distributes fresh produce/perishable foods such as meat dairy, seafood). Eligible entities may be: any agency of local, state, or federal government, OR an organization that is exempt from taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Note: Previous grant awardees are not eligible to apply for this round of funding.

Note: Funds may not be used for maintenance of existing equipment or vehicles.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications must be submitted via email to Margarita Carey by midnight on Friday, November 27, 2019.
- Notifications will be made by mid-February 2020.
- Grants funds will be disbursed upon receipt of fully executed award agreement.
- Grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2020.
- The period of performance will be from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications and questions to:

Margarita Carey, Program Associate

National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Grant Coverage Areas:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Mississippi;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia