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2019 Mobile Markets Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to
Increase Healthy Food Availability in Central Brooklyn

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies to increase the availability of healthy food in eligible Central Brooklyn neighborhoods. Applicants must be prequalified in the online grants system prior to applying. Applications are invited from organizations that offer emergency food services or operate mobile markets.

Nonprofits located in the following neighborhoods are eligible to apply for funding: Brownsville; Bushwick; Canarsie; Crown Heights; Cypress Hills/Ocean Hill; East Flatbush; East New York; Prospect Heights; and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

The Mobile Markets Grant Program will fund not-for-profit organizations to establish or expand mobile farmers’ markets and pantry infrastructure that carry fresh, locally sourced food for distribution in Central Brooklyn. The residents in Central Brooklyn often have limited access to healthy food options. These populations may experience higher rates of obesity and diet-related diseases resulting from poor nutrition. In urban areas like Brooklyn, high real estate costs may inhibit the creation of permanent diversified grocers who have a consistent selection of fresh food. Mobile markets are more flexible and less expensive than constructing and operating full-scale grocery stores and can serve more neighborhoods at a fraction of the cost. Such efforts are funded by a variety of local organizations, private donors, and federal programs, but the need continues to outpace available funding.

Grant funds may be used for any of the following purposes directly related to the completion of an eligible project, including but not limited to:
- Purchase of vehicle, carts, or other mobile transport unit
- Equipment
- Machinery
- Mobile technology necessary to complete transactions

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183544

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award per project is $150,000

Term of Contract:

Duration is 18 months from the contract start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations or governmental entities intending to operate mobile farmers’ markets or to serve as mobile emergency food providers.

All entities that wish to apply for grants in NY State must be registered in the Grants Gateway.

All non-profit organizations applying for grants in NY State must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway prior to the grant application due date and time. You may work on your prequalification and grant applications simultaneously; you don’t have to wait for prequalification to start an application. Governmental entities do not need to prequalify.

The following entities are not eligible to apply for funding:
- For-profit entities
- Individuals
- In addition, awardees from 2018, (those with contracts commencing August 16, 2018) are not eligible to apply in this round of funding.

Grant funds may not be used for the following:
- Purchase of food
- Salaries and wages
- Costs associated with preparing an application
- Costs incurred prior to the award of a grant
- Other indirect costs

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 4:00 PM. No late proposals will be accepted.

All questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing (email will be accepted) by 4:00 PM on Monday, July 8, 2019, to Meg McCabe. All questions and answers will be posted by Monday, July 22, 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

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For questions about this RFP, contact:
Meg McCabe
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235

Funding or Pin Number:

Mobile Markets Grant Program RFP#0200 / Grants Gateway ID: AGM01-MMR219-2019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: The Central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills/Ocean Hill, East Flatbush, East New York, Prospect Heights, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens;   New York