Massachusetts Food Trust Program

Grant program that funds projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food options.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (“MDAR”) seeks proposals to establish a financing infrastructure that increases access to healthy, affordable food options, with a preference for fresh, locally-sourced, Massachusetts grown, caught or harvested healthy food, and to improve economic opportunities for nutritionally underserved communities in urban, rural and suburban localities.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are: Community Development Financial Institutions certified by the United States Treasury, and Community Development Corporations certified under Chapter 40H of the Massachusetts General Laws. Successful applicants will also have previous experience working with food related entities that operate in underserved communities.

Program Details

Application Deadline: Early 2018

Update on Massachusetts Food Trust:

The current Massachusetts Food Trust RFR is cancelled, all submitted responses will not be accepted. MDAR plans to reissue the Food Trust RFR in early 2018. The Department plans on adjusting the request for proposals to ensure that the Commonwealth’s investment maximizes the impact of the Food Trust Program.


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