Transporting Healthy Food Grants

The Conservation Fund

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Nov 27, 2020 8:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (US state) Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (US state) Show all

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Many communities and neighborhoods have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributing factors to these "food deserts" is the lack of infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets — be it a farmer or fisherman delivering food to a weekly market, distributor, or grocery store; mobile market trucks that meet people in their own community; or organizations able to store fresh food overnight for markets in the morning.

The Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food provides grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to help alleviate the transportation and related operation gaps that organizations face in distributing fresh food to markets in vulnerable and underserved populations. The grants can support a range of activities related to transportation such as:

  • Acquiring refrigerated vehicles for direct delivery to markets;
  • Financing “veggie vans” to bring fresh food to isolated communities;
  • Providing better access to food hubs or other sites where produce, dairy, seafood and meats can be stored safely for distribution; or
  • Purchasing produce boxes and cold storage bins to keep unsold food fresh for the next day’s farmers market or wholesale purchase.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To qualify for these grants, eligible applicants must be:
    • Located in one of the states served by CSX rail:
      • 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, West Virginia
    • A governmental agency – local, state, or federal government OR a non-profit organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • A local foods distributor (direct or wholesale) that supplies or delivers fresh produce and/or perishable foods such as meat, dairy and seafood 
  • 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


  • Preference will be given to grant applications that demonstrate through purchase of equipment, they will be able to:
    • Serve a greater number of people with the equipment’s use.
    • Serve vulnerable or underserved populations/distressed communities according to U.S. census tract information and/or USDA food desert designation.
    • 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.
    • 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


  • Note: Funds may not be used for maintenance of existing equipment or vehicles.
  •  Previous grant awardees are not eligible to apply for this round of funding.