Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program RFP for Technical Assistance Providers

Portal ID:
10118
Status:
Closed
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The Healthy Refrigeration Grant Program funds energy efficient refrigeration units in corner stores, small businesses, and food donation programs in low-income or low-access areas to stock California-grown produce, nuts, dairy, meat, eggs, minimally processed, and culturally appropriate foods. This opportunity will onboard technical assistance providers to provide outreach, application assistance, and technical expertise for underserved areas.

 

Description:

This RFP solicits Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) to conduct activities in one or both of the following categories:

1.    Outreach and Application Assistance: TAPs in this category will promote the program to corner stores and other eligible applicants (including small businesses such as small producers and others) in low-income and low food-access areas, and assist applicants to complete grant applications once CDFA releases the initial equipment RFP in fall 2022. Outreach may be at statewide, regional, Tribal, or other specified levels that fit program priorities as described in the FAC Section 49015. Selected TAPs will support broad-scale outreach for the program, ideally offered in multiple languages through various TAPs throughout the state, and TAPs should be ready to assist applicants that lack an existing local healthy retail program (a program that supports corner stores to stock more fresh produce and healthy food items) but seek to apply for CDFA equipment grants.

1.    Technical Expertise: Applicants will provide substantive subject matter expertise in one or both of the following areas:

a.    Cold storage technology, energy efficiency (EE) and global warming potential (GWP) standards. TAPs in this category should be ready to advise corner stores and other applicants on options, EE and GWP of units, and help applicants and grantees with energy saving strategies; consult with applicants and make unit recommendations that meet their needs, potentially connect stores to vendors and advise/assist with installation*; and/or

b.    Healthy retail best practices, such as stocking, merchandising, promoting, and selling fresh foods in a profitable, sustainable way, including produce procurement solutions. TAPs applying to provide healthy retail expertise must be ready to assist HRGP applicants either regionally or statewide with best practices as well as consult with applicants to offer tailored recommendations and assistance when there is no local healthy retail program for applicants to join. TAPs should specify their capacity to work with equipment applicants and project cost based on activities/hours anticipated, which could include time consulting, possible travel, providing best practice guidelines, publishing materials, and etc. TAPs may be asked to help selected grantees complete pre and post surveys and potentially facilitate interviews for the program evaluation.

Eligible applicants are nonprofits, small businesses including business consultancies, cities, counties, Tribal governments and Tribal organizations with the expertise, networks, and capacity to identify target applicants, provide outreach and application assistance, and/or technical expertise.

Multiple organizations may partner on a single application, with one clear lead applicant. CDFA encourages statewide cooperation among regional TAPs.

Up to $900,000 is available for grants to TAPs, which is approximately 5% of total grant funding available through HRGP. There is no minimum or maximum amount TAPs may request within the available funding pool. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible applicants are nonprofits, small businesses including business consultancies, cities, counties, Tribal governments and Tribal organizations with the expertise, networks, and capacity to identify target applicants, provide outreach and application assistance, and/or technical expertise.

Multiple organizations may partner on a single application, with one clear lead applicant. CDFA encourages statewide cooperation among regional TAPs.

Eligible Geographies:

The focus of this program is on serving low-income, low-food access, and underserved communities throughout the state. Project reach including providing services in program priority areas and to target populations, in locations with many low-income or low food-access census tracts or other barriers to food access, such as affordability, language, cultural or other, is a key part of scoring criteria for applications.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching funding is not required for this program, but can be considered as part of budget review if it strengthens the proposal.900

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
July 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
thru December 2026

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$900,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grantees will be reimbursed for allowable costs monthly, quarterly, or annually. Nonprofits and small businesses may receive grant advances for up to three months of expenses at a time, totaling no more than 90% of the total award, if certain criteria are met and procedures followed. See advance payment regulations here. Cities and counties are generally not eligible for advance grant payments.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-900-5020, cafarmtofork@cdfa.ca.gov

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