California Nutrition Incentive Program - RFP

2020 California Nutrition Incentive Program Request for Proposal

Applications due by May 28th, 2019 at 6pm


The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) competitive grant solicitation. Authority for CNIP is derived from Assembly Bill 1321, Chapter 442, Statutes of 2015. CNIP was established to encourage the purchase and consumption of fresh California grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts by nutrition benefit clients.

For the 2020 CNIP Request for Proposal (RFP), CDFA is seeking project proposals from eligible entities to distribute nutrition incentives to CalFresh shoppers using their benefits to purchase fresh, California grown fruits and vegetables at direct marketing outlets (Certified Farmers’ Markets, Community Supported Agriculture programs, and farm stands) and small businesses in California. CalFresh shoppers should be able to receive the incentive at the time of purchase. Projects that reach underserved populations, particularly communities where a large proportion of the population is eligible for CalFresh and communities with high rates of diet-related disease, will be prioritized.

The intent of this RFP is to select project proposals to combine into one unified state application for CDFA submission to the federal Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (also known as the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program, FINI). Funding is contingent upon CDFA receiving a federal nutrition incentive grant award. CDFA reserves the right to fund a portion of the selected proposals, in whole or in part, without further competition.

Request for Proposal

Application Template