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Fresh Food Access Fund

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Photo Credit Clockwise from top left: Riverwest Gardeners Market, Guest House of Milwaukee, Richard M. Glaser, Mark Hoffman, Home GR/OWN, Fondy Food Market

Fresh Food Access Fund 

The City of Milwaukee is excited to announce a new grant fund focusing on health food access in our communities. The Fresh Food Access Fund (FFAF) provides financial support to activities that increase fresh food access and healthy food choices in underserved communities. FFAF is available to for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aligned with the goal of the fund.

Please see the FFAF program guidelines for eligible programs and projects. All grant materials must be submitted by email:  The FFAF application amd supporting materials all must be submitted in PDF format.  Any additional questions may be made via email at

Click on this link for Fresh Food Access Fund Request for Proposals (RFP)

Click on this link for Fresh Food Access Fund Request for Grant Application

Deadline for responses is February 28, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CST

Clarification statement regarding grant matching:

FFAF grants may cover up to 50% of the cash expenditure required to implement a project, subject to the grant limits on page 3 of the RFP. A cash match must be provided by the applicant to cover the expenses not paid by the grant. While a project may include in-kind donations of various kinds, only the cash expenditures involved in the project will be considered when calculating the amount of an FFAF grant.


Technical Assisstance Sessions

Representatives from UW-Extension and the American Heart Association will be hosting Technical Assistance (TA) sessions for applicants who would like assistance in reviewing their applications. TA sessions will provided on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions shall be limited to 20 minutes per party. See below for locations and times:

  • February 17, 2020
    Washington Park Library Conference Room
    2121 N Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53208
    Parking lot accessible off of Lisbon or 44th St; MCTS line 57
  • February 19, 2020
    Central Library Conference Room 2B
    814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
    Street parking; MCTS Lines 12, 14 31, & 80
  • February 25, 2020
    Mitchell St Conference Room 205
    906 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
    Parking lot behind library accessible off of 9th; MCTS lines 19, 53, & 80

Please note that TA providers are not City Staff, are not members of the evaluation committee, and will not be evaluating submitted applications. The sessions will provide a chance for you to receive feedback on your project, however attendance is not mandatory and will not be counted against your application if you are unable to attend a session.


All FAFF grant applications and associated materials are due by February 28th, 2020 by 4:00pm CST. Applications must be submitted via email to the following email address: Applications will not be considered if submitted after the deadline. The Commercial Corridor Team will notify applicants with the final decisions.

Additional Information

For additional background information regarding fresh food access in Milwaukee, click the link below to read the 2019 Milwaukee Fresh Food Access Report:

Fresh Food Access

Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to common questions will be posted here periodically during the RFP process. All questions regarding the application and RFP process should be submitted in writing via e-mail no later than 4 pm CST February 18, 2020. Send questions to Questions initiated after that date and time will not be considered.

For a list of current questions and answers, please click on the following link: Fresh Food Access Fund Questions and Answers.